Explosion shakes 23rd Street home

Two Grand Junction residents sustained minor injuries Thursday when an explosion went off in their 23rd Street home, according to local officials.

A man and woman, whose identities were not released, sustained “non-life threatening” injuries in the explosion, which blew out several glass windows but did little other damage, according to Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras and Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page.

The explosion appeared to occur inside a safe and may have ignited ammunition, the two said.

“(Firefighters) found no fire on arrival,” Page said. “They had some sort of explosion in the back having to do with some ammunition, but we’re not exactly sure what. There was a small amount of structural damage.”

Porras said a bomb technician was at the scene at 1332 N. 23rd St. evaluating the contents of the safe.

A local agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also was invited to the scene to help with the investigation, she said.

Porras said area homes were not in danger from the explosion and no evacuations were required.


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