MOULTRIE — Children playing with matches Tuesday evening caused a minor explosion and left three children injured.

Moultrie police officers were called to 1416 Hutchinson Drive about 5 p.m. Tuesday about what was initially thought to be a gunshot but was found to be a minor explosion. Cpl. James Dixon, the first officer at the scene, said several children apparently had been playing with matches in the house’s carport.

Moultrie police spokesman Dave Underwood said one of the children apparently threw a match into a barrel with “tire shine” inside. Fumes from the can caused a minor explosion, and three children were injured in the blast.

Two of the children, ages 9 and 12, were taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center, Underwood said. The 9-year-old girl had an unknown injury to her abdomen, and the 12-year-old was burned. Their names and conditions were unknown as of press time Tuesday night.

The third child had an injury to her head, but Underwood said she was treated at the scene by Colquitt County emergency medical technicians. None of the other juveniles involved in the incident reported being injured.

The incident was under investigation by the Moultrie Police Department and the Moultrie Fire Department. A full report on the incident was expected from both departments within the next few days.

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