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DM: Air Force flare burned Graham County woman

Posted at 1:01 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 15:01:22-05

A Davis-Monthan Air Force Base spokeswoman said a flare that burned a Graham County woman Jan. 31 came from the Air Force.

According to 2nd Lt. Sydney Smith, the incident is under investigation. Here is Smith's statement:

The item that was found by the Graham County Sheriff's Office Jan. 31 was confirmed to be a U.S. Air Force flare that is used on many types of military aircraft. The specific type of flare has yet to be determined.

The Graham County Sherriff's Office responded to the incident during the evening of Jan. 31 and notified Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. The Sherriff's Office determined that there were no further hazards to address and did not request that the D-M EOD unit respond to the scene. On Feb. 1, D-M sent a team comprised of EOD and safety personnel to Fort Thomas to gather information for an investigation.

The source of the flare, how it came into the individual's possession, and how it was activated remains under investigation.