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December 21, 2012
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Firewood explosions prompt warnings

Officers with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office are warning residents to examine their firewood before burning it, to ensure it hasn’t been tampered resulting in an explosion.

At approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, an 82-year-old Nevada County man called from his home on the 11000 of La Barr Meadows Road to report that two small explosions emanated from his fireplace, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office dispatch logs.

Although neither the man nor his wife were injured, the man told dispatch personnel that they certainly could have been.

The couple has wood delivered to their home as part of a senior program and it appears that someone drilled holes into quartered logs, inserted two CO2 cartridges and plugged the holes, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

The sheriff’s office is unable to determine if the wood that exploded had the cartridges in it before it was delivered or it the wood was added to a load after it arrived, Royal said.

“Be careful folks,” Royal said. “Examine the wood and make sure it has not been tampered with.”

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