Police investigate possible explosion at Newport Fire Department

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 04:49 PM.

The Newport Police Department is investigating a group of volunteer firefighters for allegedly detonating explosive devices at the Newport Fire Department over the weekend.

“It appears that there was some sort of a setting off of a small explosive,” Newport Town Manager Dick Casey said, adding that there were no injuries or property damage.

Newport Police Chief Jeff Clark said that the investigation began Wednesday. He said the focus was on more than one explosion that occurred between June 21 and Sunday.

“Our detective is still conducting interviews,” Clark said. “Until all those interviews are completed and we have a case filed to review in its entirety we’re not ready to release any information on those that may or may not have been involved and exactly what the device was.”

Casey said that there are 40 members of the Newport Fire Department. Clark said those believed to be involved were volunteers, not paid employees.

Clark said no 911 calls reporting the explosions were made.

Tina Reynolds, who lives at 120 Howard Blvd. across the street from the fire department, remembers hearing at least one of the explosions on Saturday.

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