Investigation Underway Following Explosion at Arlington Residence During Police Operation

by Chloe Baker
Arlington home explosion investigation

Investigation Underway Following Explosion at Arlington Residence During Police Operation

In a suburb of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia, a substantial explosion devastated a duplex home on Monday night, just hours after a suspect inside the building repeatedly fired a flare gun into the surrounding area. This incident prompted an extensive police presence, as confirmed by Arlington County Police spokesperson Ashley Savage on Tuesday.

Police managed to avoid grave injuries, but the fate of the suspect, who was in the residence at the time of the explosion, remains unknown. The police initially arrived at the scene around 4:45 p.m. following reports of gunfire. Early investigations indicated the suspect had fired the flare gun from within the residence, yet no injuries or damage were reported at that time.

In the midst of their inquiries, the police secured a search warrant and attempted to contact the suspect through phone calls and loudspeakers. However, the suspect stayed inside, unresponsive to police efforts.

Prior Report
An Arlington, Virginia home was demolished in an explosion as police were executing a search warrant.

During the warrant execution, the suspect reportedly fired multiple shots from what is believed to be a firearm. Around 8:30 p.m., the building was rocked by a violent explosion, propelling flames and debris into the sky. An active investigation into the explosion’s cause is underway.

According to Savage, while there’s no evidence suggesting others were in the duplex, the possibility cannot be entirely dismissed.

The Arlington County Fire Department declared the fire under control by 10:30 p.m., though firefighters continued to extinguish residual spot fires into the early hours of Tuesday. Three officers sustained minor injuries, but hospitalization was not necessary.

Local resident Carla Rodriguez, from South Arlington, reported hearing the explosion from over two miles away. She attempted to approach the scene but was held back by the police.

Bob Maynes, another local, initially thought a tree had fallen on his house due to the loudness of the explosion. He recounted feeling his house shake while he was watching television, describing the sensation as different from an earthquake.

The incident took place in Bluemont, a north Arlington neighborhood known for its duplex homes, situated across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown, as stated by Capt. Nate Hiner of the Arlington Fire Department. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has deployed federal agents and fire investigators to assist with the ongoing investigation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Arlington explosion

What caused the explosion in the Arlington, Virginia duplex?

The cause of the explosion, which occurred during a police operation to serve a search warrant, is still under investigation. The suspect inside the duplex had fired a flare gun several times before the incident, and later, shots from a firearm were reported.

Were there any casualties in the Arlington explosion?

There were no severe casualties reported. Three police officers sustained minor injuries but did not require hospitalization. The condition of the suspect, who was inside the duplex at the time of the explosion, remains unknown.

How did the Arlington community react to the explosion?

Local residents, such as Carla Rodriguez and Bob Maynes, described hearing the loud explosion from miles away, with initial reactions ranging from thinking it was a plane crash to suspecting a tree had fallen on a house.

What is the current status of the investigation into the Arlington explosion?

The Arlington County Fire Department, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is actively investigating the cause of the explosion. As of now, the exact cause remains undetermined.

More about Arlington explosion

  • Arlington Police Department Official Statement
  • Local Witness Accounts of Arlington Explosion
  • Arlington County Fire Department Update
  • ATF Involvement in Arlington Explosion Investigation

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JennyLovesCats December 5, 2023 - 3:48 pm

omg, heard the explosion from my place, thought it was thunder or something, really shocking stuff

HistoryBuff1912 December 5, 2023 - 4:02 pm

reminds me of past incidents, history tends to repeat itself, sad to see such things happening again

ArlingtonResident December 5, 2023 - 9:42 pm

I live a few blocks away, the explosion was so loud, my whole family was shaken up, hope they find out what caused it soon.

Mike237 December 6, 2023 - 7:47 am

Can’t believe this happened so close to DC, these kinds of news are really scary… Stay safe everyone.

DCTraveler December 6, 2023 - 1:00 pm

This is why we need better gun control, how did he even get a flare gun and a firearm???


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