7 Injured In Explosion At Bonfire In West Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say a group of teens trying to light a bonfire at a party in West Michigan using gasoline sparked an explosion, injuring seven of them.
The Holland Sentinel and MLive.com report the explosion happened Saturday evening in Ottawa County's Chester Township, about 15 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
Injuries included burns and ranged from serious to minor. The injured were 16 and 17 years old. One was airlifted to a hospital and two were taken to a hospital by ambulance.
The sheriff's department says the teens doused a pile of brush with gasoline, made a gasoline trail away from the pile and lit the trail on fire. The pile then exploded.
The explosion was under investigation.


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  • by MikeHunt Location: Center on Jul 31, 2012 at 01:41 AM
    Who among us has never lit themselves on fire with a gas can and a match when they were in high school? I sure did! and that would be low on the scale of stupid things me and my friends did when we were kids, God how did any of us survive?
  • by Josh on Jul 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    Use diesel... not gasoline. Diesel doesn't have as low of a flash point and can't explode like that.
  • by Hank Location: Jackson on Jul 30, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    Playing with fire isn't the problem. You shouldn't play with gasoline unless you are a trained professional. It is safer to light brush and trash on fire using fuel oil (kerosene).
  • by Bob Location: Holt on Jul 30, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    Our Future leaders at work?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    You shouldn't play with fire!!!
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