An explosion rocked a Fairbanks neighborhood over the weekend. Alaska State Troopers say the blast occurred on a makeshift shooting range on private property in the Chena Ridge area Saturday afternoon. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says no injuries were reported, but there was damage to area homes.
Troopers say at least a dozen residences were affected by the explosion, with at least half reporting structural damage, including blown out windows and soffit vents. Troopers are being assisted in the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
A number of commenters on the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s Facebook post about the incident posted this video that claims it is the area where the explosion occurred, though that hasn’t been verified.
- September 1, 2015- President Barack Obama met with leaders from the Alaska Native community while in Anchorage for the GLACIER conference.
- September 1, 2015- The president called Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park a "signpost" of climate change. It has retreated more than 800 feet since 2008.
- September 1, 2015- Across the state, businesses from banks to hotels to hardware contractors are named "McKinley." Now all those shops are left deciding if they need to rebrand.
- September 1, 2015- Obama also wants to work with Congress to plan for an expanded icebreaker fleet, “To ensure the United States can operate year-round in the Arctic Ocean,” he said.