House explodes as Arlington, Va., police attempt to execute search warrant, police say


House explodes as Arlington, Va., police attempt to execute search warrant, police say

A house exploded in Arlington, Virginia, as police attempted to execute a search warrant, authorities said Monday.

Police were dispatched to the home around 4:45 p.m. after receiving a report that someone had fired a flare gun 30 to 40 times from inside the home toward the neighborhood, the county police department said of Arlington in a statement. Police attempted to contact the suspect by telephone and loudspeakers, but he did not respond and remained barricaded inside the home, police said.

After obtaining a search warrant, police approached the home shortly before 8:25 p.m. The suspect then “fired several rounds” from inside the home, Arlington County police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said, after which the explosion occurred.

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It was not immediately clear whether the bullets fired came from a flare gun or another weapon, but police later said the bullets were fired “from what appears to be a weapon fire “.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was inside the home at the time of the explosion, Savage said. Police did not know anyone else inside the home, which was a duplex, but said they could not rule out the possibility that other people were inside, Savage said.

The suspect’s condition was not immediately known and firefighters said they were waiting for a utility company to arrive before they could enter the remains of the structure.

Three police officers were slightly injured, but none required hospitalization.

Police and firefighters could not immediately determine the cause of the explosion.

The aftermath of the explosion was visible several blocks away.

Carla Rodriguez, a South Arlington resident, told the Associated Press that she heard the explosion more than 2 miles away and “thought a plane had exploded.”

The Arlington County Fire Department said the fire was under control around 10:30 p.m., but crews were still dealing with small spot fires.

Both the ATF and FBI assisted in the investigation.

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