Arlington house explodes during police stand off

A massive explosion engulfed a home and rocked a neighbourhood in Arlington, Virginia today 4.12.23 , as police were investigating a man who fired a flare gun dozens of times from inside Monday night, police said.

No serious injuries were suffered by police, though the fate of the suspect who was inside the home when it exploded was not immediately clear, authorities said.

Video posted to social media showed a huge fireball and what appeared to be the roof and other debris lofted into the air during the blast, which neighbors said could be heard and felt for miles around in the Washington, D.C., suburb.


Neighbors reported possible shots fired around 4:45 p.m. and police officers determined someone had fired a flare gun, Arlington County police spokesperson Ashley Savage told reporters.

  1. After obtaining a search warrant for the house in the 800 block of North Burlington Street, officers “attempted to make contact with the suspect over the telephone and through loudspeakers,” according to a police statement.

The person inside didn’t respond and officers were trying to execute the search warrant when “the suspect discharged several rounds, from what is believed to be a firearm, inside the home,” police added.

The explosion happened at about 8:25 p.m.



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