From the outside, the Marathon house doesn’t seem to be badly damaged.
But the blaze destroyed the home on Wednesday night, according to owner John Underwood. He is a crime-scene investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and told the Keynoter Thursday morning the five-bedroom house is a total loss.
According to a Facebook post from the Monroe Sheriff’s Office, Underwood, his wife and grandchildren were in the house when the fire broke out just before 11 p.m.
The headline to the story reads “A fire started, the ammo exploded —and now a sheriff’s investigator is without a home”, yet when you get into the story there’s only a brief mention of the ammo and none about any damage that it may have caused.
Ammo doesn’t react like most people think when it’s in a fire. It doesn’t explode with projectiles flying everywhere killing people 3 blocks away. There are videos on youtube where fire departments have proven that.
A cartridge needs the constriction of a firearm’s chamber to propel the bullet forward. Without that, the bullet just kinda pops out of the case and rolls around. That’s why firearm chambers have tight chambers – it contains the ignition and forces the gases and the bullet in front of it in one direction – out the barrel.
Same thing with gunpowder – you can store gunpowder in it’s original canister and if there’s a fire, all you’re gonna get is a burn. It’ll only explode if it’s contained in something that doesn’t allow the pressure to readily escape.