A Clay County, Kansas sheriff’s deputy beat a hasty retreat to a safe distance from a van found burning in a field Tuesday afternoon after he heard the sound of live ammunition going off inside it. The deputy learned that the owner had been burning garbage in the field and accidentally let the fire get out of control. In an attempt to put the fire out, he drove his van back and forth over the flames.
Unfortunately, this made matters worse, as the tires of the van caught fire. Realizing that the van was loaded with firearms ammunition and a full tank of gas, the driver evacuated the area for safety.
A local fire department responded to make sure the fire did not spread. The deputy did not immediately cite the owner, who declined to make a report for a possible insurance claim.
“It seems like he’s just going to have to take a loss on that vehicle because I don’t think they’re going to cover it,” said a Clay County spokesman.