House in Virginia Explodes as Police Try to Serve Search Warrant - The World News

House in Virginia Explodes as Police Try to Serve Search Warrant

A house in Arlington, Va., exploded into flames on Monday night after a man fired several rounds from a flare gun inside as the police prepared to execute a search warrant there, the authorities said.

The explosion took place after 8 p.m. in the 800 block of N. Burlington Street, the Arlington County Police Department said on X, noting that firefighters were trying to extinguish the blaze and that residents should avoid the area, part of a densely populated suburban neighborhood with parks, restaurants and schools.

The police were first sent to the home around 4:45 p.m. following reports that shots had been fired, and determined that the resident had discharged a flare gun, Ashley Savage, spokeswoman for the Arlington County Police Department, said by phone. Officers had obtained a search warrant but had not yet entered the home when the resident fired more shots and the explosion occurred, Ms. Savage said.

Officers said there were “minor injuries,” but no one was transported to the hospital.

“We have not been able to access the home at this point, so I don’t have the status of the suspect,” Ms. Savage said, noting that the man was “believed to be inside the residence at the time of the explosion.” The investigation into the explosion is continuing, she said.

One video posted to social media appears to show a vehicle with a flashing blue light approaching the home when a loud blast suddenly blows off the roof. Within seconds, the building appears to crumple to the ground and burst into flames, sending debris flying through the air and setting off a nearby car alarm.

As of 10:30 p.m., firefighters were still working to extinguish the blaze, and the damage was unclear, said Nate Hiner, a spokesman for the Arlington County Fire Department.

Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat who represents the region, said on X that he was monitoring the situation. “This is very, very scary, and my profound thanks go out to first responders working to secure the area and keep everyone safe,” he said.

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