Unknown substance explodes during controlled burn
A controlled burn at an old, abandoned Weakley County residence gave firefighters more than they bargained for.
According to Latham Fire Chief Gary Reagan, a controlled burn at an old house on Latham Hwy 190, located approximately 100 yards south of town, was initiated at approximately 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 21.
He stated the owner had the house pushed down and piled on top of an old cistern, and all of the hazardous materials were removed from the building. But there was something in the ground that ignited and exploded unexpectedly. Reagan stated he is not sure what blew up. He speculated that gases might have accumulated in the old cistern.
(Read the complete story in the July 23rd edition of the Dresden Enterprise.)