FORT COLLINS - An explosion inside a Fort Collins apartment on Monday evening blew out windows, destroyed the unit's kitchen and sent debris flying more than 10 feet.
Late Monday night, police remained on scene at the ground-floor unit of the Brookview Apartments, 1220 E. Stuart St., near Edora Park. Officers said there was no danger to the public, but the 12-unit building remained evacuated as investigators processed the scene.
The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad was called in several hours after the approximately 6 p.m. explosion, using a robot and then officers in bomb suits to check out the apartment's interior. Police said no explosive devices were found inside by the bomb squad but declined to speculate on what caused the explosion that neighbors felt more than 100 feet away and inside their own apartments.
"Something big blew up in there," said Fort Collins police Lt. Craig Horton. "Or at least something made a big explosion."
Firefighters who initially rushed into the apartment found no one inside and no evidence of a fire. They said the unit's kitchen had been destroyed and the refrigerator was apparently blown apart. The blast sent a window screen flying more than 10 feet from the apartment's front window and littered the sidewalk out front with debris.
Horton on Monday night said he couldn't discuss specifics of the ongoing investigation, which was being led by police detectives.
Police officers cordoned off a large section of the complex's parking lot during the investigation and helped some residents carry their pets outside during the initial evacuation.
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