CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — A loaded gun went off when the van it was stored in caught fire in a rural Clay County corn field on Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters responded quickly to spray water on a Dodge minivan that was burnt to a crisp.
Deputies on scene of car fire near Old 210 Hwy & Bluff. Ammo left inside burning vehicle discharging pic.twitter.com/gs8O2blxuc
— Clay County Sheriff (@SheriffClayCo) October 13, 2015
The car’s owner didn’t want to talk to FOX 4 on camera, but told us that he was burning a pile of trash when the wind caught the flames and spread the fire to nearby corn stalks.
He said he first tried to put it out with a rake, then hopped into his van and tried to drive over it, but his back tire caught fire.
He got out before the car was engulfed. A gun he had stored underneath the passenger seat discharged a few times, but no one was hurt.