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December 13, 2009, 05:19 PM

PD: Bomb squad called in after explosions heard at home fire

PHOENIX -- The bomb squad was called in to help crews working to discover the cause of a Phoenix house fire that sent one man to the hospital Saturday.

Phoenix police spokesperson Trent Crump said Phoenix Police and Fire Investigators were still at the scene near 48th Street and Thomas Road Sunday after a fire broke out at the home just before 10 p.m Saturday.

According to Scott Walker, with the Phoenix Fire Department, crews responded to a call reporting explosions heard during a house fire.

Walker said when fire crews arrived they heard small explosions and went to work on the fire.

"Our units had to go defensive due to the nature of the explosions," said Walker.

The homeowner reportedly told crews he had been reloading ammunition in a "weapon reloading room" in the home when the fire broke out.

Crump said the bomb squad was called in to assist in the investigation, as the homeowner is a collector of different types of military items.

"They were things that concerned them, such as the sound of ammunition exploding and neighbors had reported there had been an explosion," said Chuck Mount with the Phoenix Bomb Squad.

"It was loud enough to shake everyone's windows around here," said neighbor Tom Sawyer.

In addition to weapons and ammunition, the homeowner also alerted investigators to empty grenade casings in the home. Crump said nothing illegal has been found and the bomb squad is simply ensuring a safe environment for Fire Investigators.

Walker said the male homeowner suffered serious burns on his arms, face and top of his head. He was treated at the scene and taken to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.

According to Walker the man's wife said her husband was in the "reloading room" at the time of the fire, but he was not reloading ammunition. The husband and wife were the only people in the home at the time of the fire.

Walker said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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December 13, 2009, 06:16 PM
Ammo does not explode in a fire. He had something else in there. Reckon he was doing something stupid with those "empty" grenades.

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December 13, 2009, 06:36 PM
if there had been any bp in there some real explosions would have occured.

December 13, 2009, 08:10 PM
Primers will explode, and they didn't say what size the "small" explosions they were.

December 13, 2009, 09:06 PM
True, forgot about them, but I would think he would be full of cuts if he was in there with primers going off. Just 1K of primers by themselves would probably make a real nice bang.

December 13, 2009, 10:52 PM
Don't worry, they will demonize any one of us the same way. The guy probably had ONE dummy grenade if any at all. And his "reloading room" could have been the basement with one jug of powder and 100 primers. We don't know. I hope if he was a normal guy like most of us he'll be ok and get his life back together quickly.

Words like "explosions", "bomb squad", etc get the lefties attention big time. Then leave out the details on how, why, etc and you suddenly go from a dude reloading some '06 for your deer gun to a nutcase who's trying to avenge RubyRidge in the reader's mind.

Oh, and if the guy really was koo koo for cocoa least this happened and rained on his parade. :)

December 15, 2009, 02:43 AM
This is media hype.. We've had primers blow up in a primer tube before.. a C&H progressive "autochamp". this was about 30 years ago.. when cci primers were pretty low quality and had very sensitive cups. the design has some heavy duty steel pipe around it, and nobody got hurt. since then the only pow that happened in my gun room was when i was vacuuming up a bench, caught a hot cigarette out of the ash tray and it hit the bottom of the shop vac full of pistol & rifle powder vacuumed off progressives after heavy load sessions.. was more of a woosh than a pop. melted the shopvac case, pressure threw the motor up about 5 foot in the air behind flames.. had to buy a new shopvac :(

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