Investigation continues into Carroll explosion


Cause of blast still under investigation, drugs seized from Carroll residence

By Allen Worrell - aworrell@civitasmedia.com



Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Donnie Spangler of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office puts up police tape around a condemned home on the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugpsur after an explosion at the residence Thursday morning.


A Thursday morning explosion on the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugspur was so powerful it blew bricks off the home and windows out of the residence.


The explosion in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugspur was so powerful it cracked the foundation of the home on one side of the building.


The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are still awaiting lab results to determine the cause of the explosion Thursday morning at the Dugspur residence.


The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office continue to investigate the exact cause of an explosion that rocked a residence Thursday morning in Dugspur.

The incident occurred in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place off of Double Cabin Road in Dugspur. The explosion was so powerful many of the bricks were blown off the home, the foundation of the residence was cracked up one side of the home, and windows were blown out, leaving shards of glass throughout the yard.

The Virginia State Police sent an update Thursday afternoon shortly after 3 p.m., more than eight hours about the explosion, stating that state and county investigators were still on the scene. During the course of the investigation, state police say marijuana and an illegal hallucinogenic narcotic were seized from inside the residence.

“At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, an explosion occurred inside the residence, which was followed by a fire. The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and Floyd County Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 2 in Willis and Station 4 in Indian Valley responded to the scene,” a Virginia State Police spokesman said. “There were four people inside the residence at the time of the explosion. An adult male has been transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina for treatment of serious injuries. An adult female and two juveniles were not injured.”

Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said the male victim was still hospitalized late Monday evening. He said the man’s identity would not be released until he was well enough for officers to serve warrants on him.

“And that might be a while,” Gardner said Monday evening. “As far as the cause of the explosion, we are still awaiting for the lab to process the evidence to determine the exact cause.”

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Donnie Spangler of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office puts up police tape around a condemned home on the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugpsur after an explosion at the residence Thursday morning.
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Explosion1.jpgAllen Worrell/The Carroll News Donnie Spangler of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office puts up police tape around a condemned home on the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugpsur after an explosion at the residence Thursday morning.

A Thursday morning explosion on the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugspur was so powerful it blew bricks off the home and windows out of the residence.
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Explosion5.jpgA Thursday morning explosion on the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugspur was so powerful it blew bricks off the home and windows out of the residence.

The explosion in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugspur was so powerful it cracked the foundation of the home on one side of the building.
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Explosion3.jpgThe explosion in the 100 block of Old Mabry Place in Dugspur was so powerful it cracked the foundation of the home on one side of the building.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are still awaiting lab results to determine the cause of the explosion Thursday morning at the Dugspur residence.
http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Explosion4.jpgThe Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are still awaiting lab results to determine the cause of the explosion Thursday morning at the Dugspur residence.

http://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_Explosion1a.jpg
Cause of blast still under investigation, drugs seized from Carroll residence

By Allen Worrell

aworrell@civitasmedia.com

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