W. Bountiful man critical after home explosion

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Scott Schwebke

WEST BOUNTIFUL— A man was critically injured Monday in an explosion at his West Bountiful home.

The incident happened about 2:15 p.m. at 535 N. 660 West, said South Davis Metro Fire Agency Deputy Chief Jeff Bassett.

A 60-year-old man was cutting holes with an acetylene torch into a 50-gallon drum to make handles, Bassett said.

As he was cutting holes, the drum exploded, striking him in the head, critically injuring him, said Bassett.

Details were not immediately available regarding the area of the home where the explosion occurred. It was also unknown who found the man and called 911.The man’s name was not released.

The drum was empty at the time of the explosion and there were no flammable liquids inside, said Bassett.

The man was flown by a medical helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray with head trauma.

An investigation is underway to determine if a flammable liquid had been in the drum previously, possibly triggering the explosion, said Bassett.

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