'Like popcorn': Hundreds of bullets explode during Arizona fire
Hundreds of rounds of ammunition exploded during a Sunday morning house fire in the US state of Arizona, striking one firefighter in the face with a bullet.
Gilbert Fire Department arrived at the scene to find a home’s garage and attic on fire.
Neighbors reported hearing explosions as firefighters fought the flames.
"All I heard was, 'Pop, pop, pop,' and (saw) billowing black smoke," a neighbor told KNXV-TV.
Another neighbor said the explosions were “like microwave popcorn going off”.
House fire 1200 block E. Sherri dr: crews have fire control pic.twitter.com/9evUySu8Zv— Gilbert Fire Rescue (@GilbertFireDept) February 7, 2016
Hundreds of rounds of ammunition exploded, according to reports. A firefighter was hit in the face by a bullet, but his face mask prevented any serious injuries.
A firefighter was struck in the face with flying ammunition while wearing his mask but was not injured. There were no firefighter injuries.— Gilbert Fire Rescue (@GilbertFireDept) February 7, 2016
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials believe an explosion might have occurred when the homeowner was loading gun cartridges sparking the blaze.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment with burns to his face and hands.
Update House fire 1200 block W. Sherri dr: Homeowner was treated and taken to the hospital for burns to face & hands pic.twitter.com/qW6DdNWhlH— Gilbert Fire Rescue (@GilbertFireDept) February 7, 2016
Bullets from the fire have been found up to 300ft from the scene.