Three People Injured in Colorado School Explosion

Two workers and a school employee injured in blast.


 
 

| Thursday, August 2, 2012


ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Two construction workers and a school district employee were injured Wednesday when an explosion caused a roof to partially collapse at a middle school east of Boulder.

Preliminary information indicates that the explosion happened as a plumbing contractor was lighting a hot water heater in the mechanical room above the Erie Middle School gymnasium, firefighters said. Witnesses told investigators it was the first time the natural gas had been turned on following renovations at the school.

The school was closed for summer break at the time of the explosion.

Laura McConnell, a spokeswoman with the Mountain View Fire Protection District, told the Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/R9j4J6 ) that when firefighters arrived, they found that the explosion had caused part of the gym's roof to collapse.

McConnell said the victims suffered fall- and burn-related injuries. One was listed in critical condition, one was listed in serious condition, and the third was treated at a hospital and released.

The loud explosion caused residents to run outside to see what was going on in the neighborhood about 14 miles northeast of Boulder.

"I was just watching TV when I heard this big old boom and the pictures fell off the wall," said Lisa Armijo, who lives near the school. "I just grabbed my kids and ran outside. It was pretty scary."

Another neighbor, Mike Meade, said, "You could tell right away it was a pretty big explosion."

Students are scheduled to return to the school Aug. 16.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, blast injuries

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

The Evolution of Civilian High Threat Medical Guidelines

How mass killing events have proven a need for new guidelines.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting, EMS Audio

Edited audio from the Parliament Hill incident.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Illinois Ambulance Service on Chopping Block

Peoria Heights EMS depends on property tax vote.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters, Medics Drill for Ebola

Lexington firefighters and medics prepare for possible patients.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Mid-South EMTs Prepare for Ebola

Mid-South EMTs are certified for service.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Ottawa Shooting Incident

Solider is shot by gunman at national memorial in Ottawa.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Life Link III Trauma Tactics Conference in Minnesota

Conference was designed to enhance the skills of providers of all levels, covering rescue and prehospital situations, to transport and in-hospital treatment.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

EMS Tailgating

Rigs converted for football.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >