Police are trying to figure who tossed a firecracker or some other kind of explosive at four officers who were patrolling a public housing building, sending them to a hospital for treatment.
Police said the officers are part of the department’s Housing Unit and were on foot at the Livingston Apartments building about 9:45 p.m. when the blast went off near them.
Police said the four were taken to Mission Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Asheville Citizen-Times quoted police as saying the officers had burns and some pieces of the explosive in their skin.
The four returned to duty Tuesday, police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said. She said one officer might need surgery later to remove fragments that went deep enough to be near a bone.
According to WLOS television, Sgt. Brien Griffin said, "It was real dark, and all they saw was a quick silhouette over near the bushes and then it disappeared. So, they were not able to get any identification. But there definitely was someone in the area."
In a Facebook post about the attack, police asked anyone has any information on the incident to contact the department at 828-252-1110 or Buncombe County Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.