This means war, Doc!
ATF detonates explosives in Motley County charring hundreds of acres.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was unwilling to speak on camera, but they did tell FOX34 that a quarterly training exercise took place on private property in Motley County Tuesday afternoon.
Floydada Fire Chief Craig DuBois told FOX34 that it was Matador Assistant Fire Chief, Craig Turner's land, located southeast of Flomont.
Turner declined to comment. Chief DuBois explains what he said sparked the blaze.
"We found out that the ATF was setting some bombs off to do some checking and seeing what they need to do for their bombs, and this apparently started the fire," DuBois said.
According to the ATF, the explosive charges were in a dirt field, and they had a fire truck on hand as a precaution, so they thought it would be a smooth, safe exercise.
Chief DuBois said a few four legged creatures helped spread the flames.
"We had it contained at one time, and then a rabbit run across the road and re-set it on the outside, and a wind shift caused it to flare back up and we couldn't get to it and we had to cut in the fire guard," DuBois said.
My favorite line: "We found out that the ATF was setting some bombs off to do some checking and seeing what they need to do for their bombs, and this apparently started the fire," DuBois said.
"Seeing what they needed to do for their bombs"? What is this? Project Gunwalker's Heavy Ordnance Proof of Concept Division?
I hope it was worth pissing off Bugs Bunny.
I'm sure that the PR flacks will just say they were working on alternate energy research.