Flash fire in Virginia Beach shooting range injures seven

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    Flash fire in Virginia Beach shooting range injures seven

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    By Patrick Wilson
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © May 11, 2008

    Seven people were injured today — two critically — when a flash fire started at an indoor shooting range in Virginia Beach, the fire department said.

    The fire started about 1:30 p.m. at A&P Arms' Lynnhaven Shooting Range, 2664 Lishelle Place, said Battalion Chief Leon Dextradeur of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

    Seven of the 15 people in the range at the time were injured, he said.

    The two people in critical condition suffered from burns to their faces and smoke inhalation, he said. They were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Two people with less serious injuries also were taken to Sentara Norfolk.

    Two other victims with less serious injuries were taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Another victim did not want to go to a hospital, Dextradeur said.

    There are three shooting ranges in the facility. There was an explosion at the end of range 3, Dextradeur said, which started a flash fire that spread quickly toward people at the other end.

    “It was a very rapid onset of fire,” he said.

    The cause has not been determined. Authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are at the scene helping with the investigation.

    The fire was under control in about 30 minutes and was largely contained to range 3, Dextradeur said.

    More than 40 firefighters responded.

    The manager of the shooting range declined to be interviewed.

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    Submitted by dr87448 on Sun, 05/11/2008 at 4:05 pm.

    Same thing happened a few years back, same range, believe it was caused by a dust explosion.....
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    Just a guess here, but I'll bet money that some goofball shooting blackpowder sparked off all of the unburnt residue in front of the line.

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    I bet they sweep and hose the floor down more often now!
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    Blackpowder is great shooting! If it is not prohibited on the range then I see nothing wrong with it. If there was that much residue in front of the firing line then it was probably from some goofball reloader who loaed too hot of rounds and it didn't burn off before exiting the barrel.
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    This is why you should never eat burritos prior to shooting in an enclosed area
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    Sheesh, I was just there on friday looking at some pistolas. The news today said it was the third time in 14 years something like this has happened there IIRC.

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    Same shop a couple of years ago had in inner wall blow out while, some one was shooting on the rifle section.

    Bet theses clowns don't clean up often

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    Wow that many incidents,the only thing that will save them from a lawsuit is if they have people sign waivers of liability in case they are injured in any way while at the gun range
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Wow that many incidents,the only thing that will save them from a lawsuit is if they have people sign waivers of liability in case they are injured in any way while at the gun range
    Waivers do not protect you from all liability especially in cases like this. The waivers only cover reasonable actions and not gross negligence which three fires in 14 years due to poor maintenance is gross negligence. Much like the Castle Doctrine provides immunity if you are falling under the guidelines of it but doesn't provide complete immunity from everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    This is why you should never eat burritos prior to shooting in an enclosed area

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    Anyone hear if these folks are ok or not yet? Would hate to think it's one of our folks that got cooked in there.
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