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Military tank round caused Garden City explosion Wednesday, police say

Police: Explosion at Garden City business injured four people

Garden City Police Sgt. Tyler Domeny said Wednesday afternoon that 4 people were injured in an explosion at Henderson Wheel and Supply in Garden City. Crews swept the scene into the afternoon.
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Garden City Police Sgt. Tyler Domeny said Wednesday afternoon that 4 people were injured in an explosion at Henderson Wheel and Supply in Garden City. Crews swept the scene into the afternoon.

An explosion at Henderson Wheel and Supply on Wednesday morning was caused by a simulator round used in an M21 military tank, Garden City Police Sgt. Tyler Domeny said.

The round, which Domeny said is similar to a blank round of ammunition and used for sound purposes, was found outside of the store and brought in by an employee. Employees mishandled the round and took its cap off, which caused the explosion, Domeny said.

"This is something that's used in a military tank,” Domeny said. “It had no reason being there."

Four people were treated for injuries at the scene, but suffered only minor injuries. None of the victims were hospitalized.

The Boise Fire Department initially asked the public to avoid the area of 34th Street and Chinden Boulevard in Garden City as first responders worked to address what was initially reported as a hazmat situation.

Domeny said there were “no indicators that there’s any future issues here,” but Boise Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal and hazmat teams continued to sweep the area into the afternoon.

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