Despite Warnings, Tenn. Officers Start Home Fire With Pyrotechnic Grenade

Police officers ignored multiple warnings that the pyrotechnic teargas grenade used to end a daylong standoff in April might spark a fire if used indoors

A report by Bristol Virginia Police Lt. T. Sexton shows the Triple Chaser that was sent into the home with the robot belonged to his department. Other documents obtained by the Herald Courier show that the Bristol Virginia Department's arsenal includes the Flameless Tri-Chamber. But reports fail to show if any officers commanding the standoff requested the indoor smoke grenade over the outdoor-use Triple Chaser.

Orders to drop the Triple Chaser inside the Ellis Road home came soon after firefighters moved onto the scene.

"Gas was deployed with the robot, visibility immediately became impaired," Barr wrote. "The robot exited the residence to the front porch and maintained what little visibility was possible."

Flames were spotted soon afterward.

"Shortly after the gas was deployed, a flicker could be seen on the robot monitor," Barr wrote. "The Command Post was immediately notified and fire units were sent to the trailer."

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