A customer using prohibited tracer ammunition sparked a fire that caused an Edmond gun range to temporarily close, management reports.
The store will reopen and 10 a.m. Friday, according to a message sent via email by Heartland Outdoors, 1444 N. Kelly, management to regular customers. Normal store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday.
“The closure is from a customer shooting prohibited tracer ammunition on the gun range which sparked a fire on Tuesday evening,” the message stated. “In order to assure a full and proper clean up we have decided to not open until Friday. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”
Phone lines were not open Thursday. Management did not immediately respond to an email message seeking further comment.
At 6:29 p.m. Tuesday, fire units responded to a structure fire call at the business, according to city records.
Edmond Fire Maj. Kelly Lewis said firefighters found a small smoldering fire in the range at the base of a pile of rubber chips used as a backstop. Foam was used to completely extinguish the fire, and personnel were on the scene until 7:42 p.m., Lewis said.
No one was injured, Lewis said. The business listed no structure damage from the fire, but Lewis said a small dollar figure will likely be added to records.
Heartland Outdoors maintains both a gun/archery range, a retail area and space for classes on topics including handgun cleaning, handgun basics and the Oklahoma Self Defense Act.
For more information about Heartland Outdoors, visit www.heartlandoutdoorsok.com.
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