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Published April 24, 2014, 03:12 PM

Minot man charged after 5 hurt in bonfire explosion

MINOT, N.D. – A man has been charged after a vehicle shock absorber was thrown onto a bonfire and exploded, injuring five people.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

MINOT, N.D. – A man has been charged after a vehicle shock absorber was thrown onto a bonfire and exploded, injuring five people.

Some of the injuries are serious, a news release from the Ward County Sheriff’s Department said. Four people were still hospitalized Wednesday. It did not identify those injured.

Weston C. Mattison, 19, of Minot has been charged with one count of endangering by fire explosion, a Class B felony.

Officials from the sheriff’s department and Minot Police Department responded to a loud party complaint in southeast Minot just before midnight Saturday. Most of the partygoers had left and the fire was almost out when officers arrived. The officers then learned of the explosion.

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