It’s a fire we now know was ignited by a customer at the range, shooting a tracer round.
Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said as far as his department is concerned there is no criminal issue. “They were shot into, from my understanding, the rubber background, and they are extremely, extremely hot, and water won’t put them out…those tracer rounds will stay lit for some while, so it could have smoldered for 30 minutes, 15 minutes, I don’t know I don’t have a time frame on when his shot versus when the range master was notified,” Lunceford said.
Those rubber backstops were very popular about a decade ago. They are made of compressed shredded tires glued with epoxy and they were sold in cubes of different dimensions, but IIRC, no less than 3 feet per side. I also remember that they were marketed to the home owner that may have some space in the basement and wanted to have his own range.
I never gave it a thought till now, but tire rubber fires are a bitch to stop, if it is even possible. The Rhinehart tire dump in northern Virginia, caught fire in October of 1983 and took nine months to finally die. That should give you an idea how bad they are and why Firemen just let them burn on their own and just make sure it does not spread.
But people, fellow shooters: Is there somebody out there that do not understand the fucking fire danger that tracer rounds represent? That cute light you saw going downrange was not Pixie Dust but fucking incendiary chemicals designed not only to illuminate but to set the enemy’s shit on fire.
And you go shoot that crap inside a building because you needed to be top cool guy that day at the range.