Virginia House Explodes As Police Tried To Execute Search Warrant

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Workers look at a home that exploded in Arlington, Virginia, on December 4 and rocked a neighborhood with a powerful blast, on December 5, 2023. Three police officers received minor injuries but were not taken to hospitals, the department said. Officials are unaware of anyone else who was hurt, they said at a news conference. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Abril Elfi
11:14 AM – Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A house in Arlington, Virginia, exploded while police were attempting to execute a search warrant.

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According to officials during a press conference, the home abruptly exploded on Monday night and it was just after police arrived outside the home carrying out a search warrant there due to reports of someone firing multiple flare gun rounds.

The Arlington County Police Department arrived to the residence after receiving a report that someone had fired “30 to 40 flare gun shots” into the neighborhood from inside the house. This prompted police to respond to the scene at 4:45 p.m. 

The suspect remained locked inside the house despite attempts by police to reach him by phone and loudspeakers, authorities said.

“During the course of the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and attempted to make contact with the suspect over the telephone and through loudspeakers. The suspect did not respond and remained barricaded inside the residence,” the police statement said.

Just before 8:25 p.m., police arrived at the house with a search warrant. The explosion happened after the suspect “discharged several rounds” from inside the house, according to Arlington County police spokesperson Ashley Savage. 

While it was initially unclear whether the rounds fired came from a flare gun or another type of weapon, police subsequently stated that the rounds were fired “from what is believed to be a firearm.”

The duplex home was not known to have any additional occupants, but Savage stated that police could not completely rule out the possibility that others had been there. 

Three officers who had responded to the scene suffered minor injuries but none required hospitalization. 

Local police are receiving assistance from the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office in response to the explosion, the agency said. 

The Pentagon and other famous sites in the nation’s capital are roughly 5 miles from the scene of the residential explosion.

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