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Fatal munitions explosion in Va. ruled accident

Thursday - 9/20/2012, 1:56pm  ET

AXTON, Va. - Investigators have determined that a fatal 2010 munitions explosion in Axton was an accident.

Henry County Fire Marshal Rodney Howell tells The Martinsville Bulletin ( that he doesn't expect any charges to be filed.

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Venable and 26-year-old Marcus Shaw Chism were burning wood when the fire reached an old smokehouse where military munitions were stored. A projectile exploded.

Venable died at an area hospital several days later from injuries suffered in the explosion. Chism was treated at the hospital and released.


Information from: Martinsville Bulletin,

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