Fire officials reassure Forest residents no need for concern after Tuesday night explosion

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(Photo: Courtesy Forest Volunteer Fire Department)

(Photo: Courtesy Forest Volunteer Fire Department)

FOREST, Va. (WFXR) — A boom rang out across Forest on Tuesday night, but members of the Forest Volunteer Fire Department assured residents there was no need for alarm.

According to the department, several Forest residents heard an extremely loud explosion around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. Several units responded to the area of Perrowville Road, which fire officials say was the site of an intentional and controlled explosion.

Fire officials say the explosion resulted from a group igniting their bonfire by shooting a sizable amount of Tannerite, which is a brand of binary explosive targets sold in kit form and used for firearms practice. While the term Tannerite often refers to the mixture itself, other reactive targets and combination explosives are often generically referred to as Tannerite, according to the department.

The Forest Volunteer Fire Department says the community has nothing to fear and that the explosion did not cause any injuries or property damage.

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