Above: A fire at the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range burned through the roof on Dec. 4. (Photo courtesy of city of Sandy Springs)
A two-alarm fire at the Jewish-owned Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range on Sunday, Dec. 4, that was sparked by a pyrotechnic, military-style tracer round caused enough damage to close the range temporarily, but no one was injured.
“We had a customer who came into the range that used inappropriate ammunition and subsequently caused a fire,” said Cara Workman, who operates the range with her sister, Robyn Marzullo. “We’re very thankful our guys responded according to protocol and were able to get everyone out and notify the Fire Department. Now we’re just assessing the damage and seeing when we can open back up.”
After an investigation, the Sandy Springs fire marshal deemed that the fire was an accident, caused by a tracer round mistakenly fired by a customer. The resulting fire burned through the roof.
No criminal charges have been filed against the customer. Workman said the investigation is ongoing.
Workman, a member of Temple Sinai, was at her home in Sandy Springs when she heard about the fire and said she was at the scene within minutes.
Until the range reopens, Sandy Springs Gun Club members are invited to the sisters’ Norcross location for free range time. SharpShooters USA, a shooting range in Roswell, also has offered free range time to members of the Sandy Springs club.
“Our ultimate goal is to get back up and running as quickly as possible,” Workman said. “When we do reopen, we’ll be bigger and better than we were before.”
Workman and her sister opened the gun range in 2010 and added the Norcross location in 2012. Sandy Springs police regularly use the range for pistol and shotgun training, but city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said officers have no sessions scheduled in the near future.
The club’s Facebook page will provide updates on repairs. A hashtag, #SSGCRStrong, was created for members to connect while the range is closed.