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House explodes in Arlington after police warn of man setting off flare gun

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House explodes in Arlington after police warn of man setting off flare gun


A house in Arlington, Virginia, exploded Monday night only minutes after police posted on social media about a suspect setting off a flare gun inside a home.

A house in Arlington, Virginia, exploded Monday night only minutes after police posted on social media about a suspect setting off a flare gun inside a home.

In a post on X just after 8:15 p.m., the Arlington County Police Department said officers were on the scene in the 800 block of North Burlington Street investigating a suspect who had discharged a flare gun from his home.

Residents in the area are being asked to shelter in place until further notice.

Others took to social media to share they had heard the loud explosion around 8:30 p.m. Later, county police confirmed in a post that as officers were entering the house, the suspect discharged several rounds inside the home before the explosion occurred.

Arlington Fire & EMS posted on X that their units were on the scene of a “structure fire” at the same address, and to expect a large police and fire response.

A listener confirmed to WTOP that she lives in the area and saw police and other armed officials surround the suspect’s house, trying to coax him out.

“And they’re talking to him. And then next thing you know, the house blows up. It’s a duplex and it’s collapsed the entire side and I don’t know about the other side of the duplex. I’m just hoping that people next door got out. And they’re (officials) now chasing us off the street with all the fire trucks and everything because we have [natural] gas in the neighborhood,” she said.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the explosion.

Below is a map of where the explosion took place:

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This story is developing. Stay with WTOP for the latest.





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