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Officers, deputies injured in Pope Co. explosion



Atkins, Arkansas – On Wednesday night, an explosion in a Pope County home injured officers and deputies.

According to Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones, Pope County deputies, Atkins and Pottsville police were called to a physical disturbance at a home.

Upon arrival at the scene, shots were fired at them, but no officers or deputies were struck, authorities said.

According to Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones, as officers were working to get the person inside the home to comply, the explosion occurred.

Atkins, Pottsville officers and Pope County deputies received minor injuries from the explosion but are expected to be okay, according to the Sheriff.

One person has been taken into custody, Jones said.