One killed in house explosion

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The sanction of a root of accusation has been corrected.


A 58-year-old antheral was killed Tuesday greeting erstwhile a location exploded adjacent Vienna.

Maries County Deputy Scott John said Wayne Boeckman was killed successful the explosion.

First responders were sent to the location disconnected Highway V successful Maries County astatine astir 3 a.m., John said, and tried to corroborate if Boeckman was location astatine the clip of the blast.

"We were capable to corroborate astir 6 a.m that helium was home, the occurrence section got immoderate instrumentality connected country and did excavation of the nonmigratory till they recovered his body," John said.

Boeckman's assemblage was recovered successful the basement. An autopsy volition beryllium performed successful Columbia.

Investigators judge a propane vessel is what triggered the explosion.

"You tin archer by looking astatine it it's a precise ample compressed explosion, suspected to beryllium propane arsenic the substance root the ignition is inactive being determined," John said.

The blast scattered debris implicit a ample area, including successful trees astir the house. A mattress, pillows, bricks and household pictures were disposable successful the debris that scattered the area.

Leeann Lee, who lives nearby, said she felt the detonation and that it woke her up.

"It rattled each the pictures successful my location it was beauteous scary," Lee said.

Sheriff Chris Heitman shared connected Facebook that the Missouri Propane Commission and the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office are helping successful the investigation. Foul play is not suspected, helium wrote.

Vienna Fire Department volunteers spent much than 7 hours recovering Boeckman's body, Heitman wrote.

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