An unexpected explosion occurred in Arlington, Virginia late Monday evening, prompting an immediate, thorough investigation into the cause and consequences of the incident. As law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 800 block of N. Burlington just after 8 p.m., the suspect inside the residence fired several rounds from a flare gun, causing an explosion.
ARLINGTON/United States: An unexpected explosion occurred in Arlington, Virginia late Monday evening, prompting an immediate, thorough investigation into the cause and consequences of the incident. As law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 800 block of N. Burlington just after 8 p.m., the suspect inside the residence fired several rounds from a flare gun, causing an explosion.
The shocking incident caused massive power outages, flames rising into the night sky and an immediate response from multiple emergency units, including the Arlington County Police Department.
Following the explosion, the quick response of the local police department and firefighters was crucial in dealing with the emergency. The suspect’s actions, which included leaving a flare gun inside the home and causing a large explosion, have been thoroughly investigated by authorities.
POLICE ACTIVITY: ACPD is in the 800 block of N. Burlington Street investigating a suspect who has discharged a flare gun from his residence. Expect continued police activity and avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/IGFF3D1Ed2
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) December 5, 2023
Fortunately, officers at the scene suffered only minor injuries, with no hospitalizations reported. However, key details such as the outcome of the blast, possible casualties, the rationale behind the search warrant, and the arrest of the suspect remain unknown.
Located across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, Arlington is known for its peace, a sharp contrast to the chaos that occurred the night before. The explosion occurred at a duplex in the Bluemont neighborhood, where police, including an armored SWAT vehicle, were attempting to serve a search warrant. The explosion was so powerful that it was heard throughout Arlington, sending shockwaves through the community.
The incident initiated around 4:30 p.m., with the explosion happening at approximately 8:25 p.m. As police moved in, the suspect discharged several rounds from a flare gun, followed by the detonation that resulted in a large fireball. Firefighters promptly responded, working tirelessly to extinguish the blaze and secure the area.
Arlington residents were terrified, but safe. Social networks are flooded with footage of the incident, capturing the horror of the explosion. As a precaution, local officials have advised residents to shelter in place until further notice. Fortunately, there were no casualties in this incident. The police department reported minor injuries to some officers, but no one required hospital treatment. As the investigation continues, Arlington residents wait for answers, their peaceful community shaken by such a massive incident.