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A section of a Brevard County neighborhood was evacuated Wednesday after explosives were located in a backyard. The cause of the fire is still unknown. But it’s what came after the fire which brought in the bomb squads. The fire ignited multiple rounds of ammunition inside the structure. Viewer Lisa Hamel sent WESH 2 video of the blaze, which can be viewed below.”Here I am, it was about 12:45. And it was so loud. There’s the house itself that had burned down just a month ago. So it was it okay, so what’s going on over here?” HamelDean Hamel woke up to the fire.”My tree was on fire because some embers got inside the tree. So that was now again, right next to my bedroom,” Hamel said. This brought multiple agencies to the scene including the ATF, the FBI and bomb squads from both the Patrick Space Force Station and Brevard County sheriff’s office. When on the scene, the agencies asked everyone within 1,000 feet of the structure to evacuate.”It was not fireworks. We found some shell casings out here and on the road as well,” Hamel said.Just before 3 pm Wednesday, the all- clear was given. “The area is now safe. There were no reported injuries in this incident. This was all for precautions for our citizens and the community,” said Jonathan Lamm, the Cocoa City Fire Chief. “Think about it. I was right here with a hose. I didn’t know there was ammunition in there. It could have been a lot worse,” Roberts said. Images from Chopper 2, as seen below, showed stacks of what appeared. to be ammunition boxes being collected and organized. “Upon our arrival, our crews found a motorhome that was fully involved in fire. They quickly extinguished the fire and identified that there were live rounds of ammunition inside of the structure,” Lamm said. All of those boxes are now gone and in a safe location, taken away by the bomb squads. Lamm said it’s not yet known how much ammunition was found, but at this time, no criminal charges will be filed. “It’s interesting to not know who your neighbor is, and what’s going on with them in this close proximity. It’s scary,” Hamel said. “I’m a little tired. I’m a little frustrated. I’m a little exhausted.” . It’s been a long day,” Roberts said. Witnesses react to fire that sparked explosives in the neighborhood. Some people chose to hunker down at home while also taking the threat seriously. “Then this morning they told us to clear the area – don’t go outside,” Wayne Noble said. Noble had already heard things down the street in Cocoa, not normally associated with an overnight fire.” It started last night around 1: 30 am, 1 am, with explosions and it sounded like fireworks going off. And a big fire,” Noble said. Once the fire was out, a look-see by first responders discovered possible explosives. Cocoa police called for an evacuation to reduce the risk for people close by.”They almost tackled me, because I was trying to come up to the store, The detective, you know, they’re just protecting the area, you know what I mean,” Chancy Gillan said. Once he was filled in on why the evacuation was announced, it made sense. “Actually, there could be someone, you know what I mean, next to me with a bomb in their house,” Gillan said. . Gillan added that he wanted to make sure he, his girlfriend, and his dog were safe. “The neighbor next door thought he saw something blow up in the air. I didn’t see that part. We stood out here about an hour last night watching,” Noble said. “I got a buddy who lives down there and they won” t let me go down there because there was a trailer I guess that exploded, and they got everybody evacuated,” Terry Peterman said. Just outside the evacuation area, people were trying to check up on people closest to the fire.” Very, very scary when people have explosives and you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Peterman said. Cocoa officials brief the public:

A section of a Brevard County neighborhood was evacuated Wednesday after explosives were located in a backyard.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. But it’s what came after the fire which brought in the bomb squads.

The fire ignited multiple rounds of ammunition inside the structure. Viewer Lisa Hamel sent WESH 2 video of the blaze, which can be viewed below.

“Here I am, it was about 12:45. And it was so loud. There’s the house itself that had burned down just a month ago. So it was it’s okay, so what’s going on over here?” Hamel

Dean Hamel woke up to the fire.

“My tree was on fire because some embers got inside the tree. So that was now again, right next to my bedroom,” Hamel said.

This brought multiple agencies to the scene including the ATF, the FBI and bomb squads from both the Patrick Space Force Station and Brevard County sheriff’s office. When on the scene, the agencies asked everyone within 1,000 feet of the structure to evacuate.

“It was not fireworks. We found some shell casings out here and on the road as well,” Hamel said.

Just before 3 pm Wednesday, the all-clear was given.

“The area is now safe. There were no reported injuries in this incident. This was all for precautions for our citizens and the community,” said Jonathan Lamm, the Cocoa City Fire Chief.

“Think about it. I was right here with a hose. I didn’t know there was ammunition in there. It could have been a lot worse,” Roberts said.

Images from Chopper 2, as seen below, showed stacks of what appeared to be ammunition boxes being collected and organized.

“Upon our arrival, our crews found a motorhome that was fully involved in fire. They quickly extinguished the fire and identified that there were live rounds of ammunition inside the structure,” Lamm said.

All of those boxes are now gone and in a safe location, taken away by the bomb squads.
Lamm said it’s not yet known how much ammunition was found, but at this time, no criminal charges will be filed.

“It’s interesting not to know who your neighbor is, and what’s going on with them in this close proximity. It’s scary,” Hamel said.

“I’m a little tired. I’m a little frustrated. I’m a little exhausted. It’s been a long day,” Roberts said.

Witnesses react to fire that sparked explosives in the neighborhood

Some people chose to hunker down at home while also taking the threat seriously.

“Then this morning they told us to clear the area – don’t go outside,” Wayne Noble said.

Noble had already heard things down the street in Cocoa, not normally associated with an overnight fire.

“It started last night around 1:30 am, 1 am, with explosions and it sounded like fireworks going off. And a big fire,” Noble said.

Once the fire was out, a look-see by first responders discovered possible explosives. Cocoa police called for an evacuation to reduce the risk for people close by.

“They almost tackled me, because I was trying to come up to the store, the detective, you know, they’re just protecting the area, you know what I mean,” Chancy Gillan said.

Once he was filled in on why the evacuation was announced, it made sense.

“Actually, there could be someone, you know what I mean, next to me with a bomb in their house,” Gillan said.

Gillan added that he wanted to make sure he, his girlfriend, and his dog were safe.

“Neighbor next door thought he saw something blow up in the air. I didn’t see that part. We stood out here about an hour last night watching,” Noble said.

“I got a buddy who lives down there and they won’t let me go down there because there was a trailer I guess that exploded, and they got everybody evacuated,” Terry Peterman said.

Just outside the evacuation area, people were trying to check up on people closest to the fire.

“Very, very scary when people have explosives and you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Peterman said.

Cocoa officials brief the public:

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