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.
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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.