Ammo explodes as undercover detective’s vehicle burns in Tampa

Hillsborough County
Fire sets off ammunition stored in undercover detective's car

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Ammunition that was stored in a car exploded after the vehicle caught fire in Tampa on Wednesday.

Tampa police responded to a car fire at a strip mall in the 4300 block of Kennedy Boulevard at about 5:45 p.m.

Police said the driver is an undercover detective from the Tarpon Springs Police Department. 

The detective said he was driving down Kennedy Boulevard when his air conditioning stopped working and he heard a popping sound and saw smoke coming from under the hood. 

He was able to pull into the strip mall and move away from the vehicle before the ammunition went off. 

No injuries were reported. 

The fire shut down Kennedy Boulevard for a short period of time. 

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