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Ammunition stockpile explodes in barn fire

January 9, 2019

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — Fire officials say a large stockpile of ammunition exploded in a barn fire in Vermont, posing a threat to firefighters at the scene.

The fire broke out at a home and barn in Shelburne Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy Fire Chief John Goodrich says multiple fire departments responded to the blaze, and they heard the sound of ammunition popping at the scene.

He says some shell casings flew 30-40 feet (9-12 meters) from the building.

No people or animals were inside the home or barn at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Both buildings have been destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Goodrich says it does not appear to be suspicious.

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