Wilmington Fire Department investigating after explosion at gun range

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Customers and staff at a Wilmington business that’s known for its loud noises are still puzzled over an unexpected explosion over the weekend. The cause is still under investigation. 

It happened at ‘Range Time’ on Market Street. No injuries have been reported and it seems the explosion came from underground. 

The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating after an explosion at the gun range. It happened around 3:00 Sunday afternoon. 

A spokesperson for the fire department said Piedmont Natural Gas and Cape Fear Public Utility Authority responded. 

They are working to determine the cause.  

We spoke with manager, Trey Ayers, who said he and his employees were definitely caught by surprise. 

“We still got it locked up, just to be safe. So, that’s all we really know is something under the ground,” Ayers said. 

Ayers said he wasn’t at the range at the time of explosion but immediately received calls from employees saying it was urgent he come in. 

‘Range Time’ is operating normal business hours in its store portion. But the shooting range is closed for the time being. 

We will continue to keep you updated as new details are made available. 

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