A Las Vegas law enforcement agent was seriously burned on his face, neck and hands by blowing up debris while on a call in Sandy Valley on Monday.
A civilian also suffered small burns in what might be an accidental surge, cops stated. First responders were sent in for medical support about 5:46 p.m., according to Clark County Fire Department dispatch logs.
The officer, whose name was not instantly launched, was called to examine an abandoned house in the 2000 block of Woods Opportunity in Sandy Valley, which is about 60 miles southwest of Las Vegas. When the house was cleared by the officer, people gathered up garbage from a previous renter in a “burn barrel,” Metropolitan Authorities Department supervisor Lt. Dave Valenta said.
An unidentified item or chemical in the barrel blew up, and the officer was the closest to it. He was taken in a helicopter to University Medical Center. His condition was not released.
Valenta said Metro’s dangerous products ARMOR system, too the Las Vegas Fire Department bomb squad were examining the incident to identify what triggered the surge.
Additional details were not immediately available.
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