House Explosion in Arlington, Virginia: Latest Updates and Details from NPR

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A massive explosion leveled a home and rocked a neighborhood in Arlington, Va., on Monday night as police tried to investigate a man who shot a flare gun from his residence, officials said. No serious injuries were reported, but the fate of the suspect, who was believed to be inside the house at the time of the explosion, is still unclear. Video posted to social media showed the house disappearing under a ball of fire, lobbing debris into the night air and sending wreckage raining down onto the suburb of Washington, D.C. Neighbors said the blast could be heard and felt for miles.

  • Police responded to reports of possible gunshots in the neighborhood
  • The suspect fired a flare gun multiple times from inside his residence
  • Police attempted to make contact with the suspect before the explosion
  • The explosion occurred around 8:25 p.m. following the sound of firearm rounds
  • House Explosion Rocks Arlington, Virginia

    Arlington County police were called to the 800 block of N. Burlington Street after reports of possible gunshots. The suspect fired a flare gun multiple times from inside his residence, and as police attempted to make contact with him, an explosion occurred, leveling the house and rocking the neighborhood.

    Investigation and Aftermath

    During a preliminary investigation, police found that the suspect had fired a flare gun multiple times from inside his residence. They attempted to make contact with the suspect before the explosion, but the exact sequence of events leading up to the explosion is still under investigation.

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