Francestown fire tames vehicle blaze at late-night party

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 30, 2017 9:19AM

An investigation into a party involving a two vehicle fire and a Tannerite explosion on Russell Station Road in Francestown last Wednesday is ongoing.

The Francestown Fire Department responded to the scene at about 9:37 p.m., according to police records. The New Hampshire State Police also responded to the scene, although someone working within the department said local officials are handling the case.

Fire Chief Larry Kullgren said the initial call came in from a neighbor who reported they heard shots fired followed by an explosion. Kullgren said upon arrival, his crew found a party involving young adults.

He said two cars were stacked on top of each other, filled with wood and debris, lit on fire, and were well involved by the time fire crews arrived on scene. Kullgren said a fire crew consisting of about five people stretched a single line out to the cars to tame the blaze.

Kullgren said people at the party were also shooting Tannerite. The explosions caused loud noises and reverberations that were felt far from the party.

Kullgren said although legal, Tannerite is a “very dangerous explosive device.”

“I don’t think [people shooting tannerite] realize an explosion creates a concussion,” he said. “Every time I speak to an individual who sets it off they say, ‘the explosion didn’t seem that bad.’”

He said reverberations can travel as far as a quarter of a mile to a half of a mile away.

Kullgren said he’s been on the department for 28 years and in recent years Tannerite has become a popular for people to set off. He said generally speaking the explosion occur late at night and alcohol tends to be involved.

“It’s not a question of if but when someone will get hurt,” Kullgren said.

He said there were no injuries as a result of the explosions on Russell Station Road.

Kullgren said no violations have been issued against the people who threw the party on Wednesday night, but said vehicle burns aren’t permissible.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.