Norfolk firefighter injured by what was intended to be a prank
August 26, 2004
NORFOLK A firefighter who was sent to the hospital Monday evening was the victim of a firehouse prank gone wrong, according to a department spokesman. The prank involved the use of compressed air to blast flour through a tube, said Capt. Garry Windley . The firefighter was injured when the tube blew apart as he held it. He was not the one the flour was intended for, Windley said.
The firefighter was admitted to a hospital for treatment and was released Tuesday evening. Details of his injuries could not be disclosed because of federal law, Windley said. The incident happened about 5 p.m. Monday at a fire station on Norview Avenue. At least one neighbor at an apartment complex just behind the station heard what sounded like an explosion. The woman looked out the window of and saw a white substance wafting in the air. In an area behind the station, she saw men covered in powder. She saw an ambulance take somebody away. Windley said the incident is under investigation by a safety officer and arson investigators. More department staff must be interviewed, including the injured firefighter, he said. Asked whether disciplinary action was possible, he said nothing had been determined. Once we get all the facts and have all the stuff in front of the chief, wed have to look at if any policies or procedures were violated, he said.