- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Officials say two Buncombe County firefighters were injured when the burning phosphoric acid they found along the shoreline at Biltmore Lake exploded.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1XWlJFo) dispatchers at the Buncombe County Emergency Operations Center report receiving a call around 6:46 p.m. Tuesday regarding a small fire. The Enka-Candler Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after to investigate.

Assistant Chief Josh Howard said when the firefighters attempted to put out the fire by kicking dirt over it, the material exploded.

Howard said the firemen were taken to Mission Hospital with first- and second-degree burns to their hands and faces. Following the explosion, the Asheville Fire Department’s Hazmat Team tested the substance and determined it was phosphoric acid. Firefighters then let the material burn itself out.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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