Delaware 911 received numerous calls about explosions around Walton on Saturday, Jan. 19. Calls came in from Loomis Brook, Marvin Hollow, county Route 21 and other places reporting multiple explosions. Some people said the explosions were powerful enough to shake their homes.
Walton and Trout Creek fire departments and Delaware deputies were called out to find the cause of explosions. After a few hours, it was determined that the cause was from a town of Tompkins resident’s target practice with legally purchased explosive devices, Undersheriff Craig DuMond said.
Explosive targets certainly can give a bigger impact during target practice. But if the explosion is enough to shake houses, the explosive is a bit too much. We encourage people who use the targets to let emergency officials know if they find the explosion is that powerful.
A phone calling saying “that was me” would have saved local volunteers and deputies a lot of time and energy.