Discarded military ammo explodes, injures New Castle man

By Tom Lehman 10:53pm, May 21, 2013 - Updated 8:56am, May 22, 2013
Asst. State Fire Marshall Mike Chionchio discusses the Tuesday morning explosion in New Castle.
A New Castle man remains hospitalized after being critically injured Tuesday morning by an explosion from military ammunition that was set for disposal.

The State Fire Marshal's office says nearly a dozen additional projectiles were discovered at the scene on Van Dyke Drive.

Officials say a woman was cleaning her home and had scheduled a special pickup of an ammo box she found in her home, which drew the attention of a neighbor.

"The gentleman from next door asked if he could have the box, and he took it back to house and opened it," assistant state fire marshal Mike Chionchio says.

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He says that's when the projectile inside the box exploded and critically wounded the man, who's in serious but stable condition at Christiana Hospital.

About 30 homes in the Van Dyke Village community were evacuated Tuesday afternoon while the home while the additional ammunition was safely removed from the neighborhood.


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at the pickup truck where the gentleman was injured. We found some outside on the driveway and we actually found still one over by the trash pile that we were able to pick up and safely get rid of that," Chionchio says.

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