Official: No danger following reports of explosion in Sulphur area

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - A local official gave the all-clear Friday night following a loud explosion in Southwest Louisiana.

After 6 p.m., KPLC started receiving calls and Facebook posts about an explosion that was heard and felt in the western parts of Calcasieu Parish.

At least one KPLC Facebook reader has claimed responsibility for the explosion. The poster said the explosion was caused by about 20 pounds of Tannerite, a brand name of explosive compound used mainly for firearm practice. A video of the explosion can be seen HERE.

The explosive, which is legal in the United States, is sold as two inert powders which must be mixed. The resulting compound is not flammable and can only be detonated by a high-velocity impact, like a bullet fired from a deer rifle. The Facebook reader said they were on 100 acres of open land when they detonated the compound Friday night and that it produced only a noise and percussion, not a flame.

Chief Dean Lappe with the Houston River Fire Department said they searched the area and have not found anything.

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