1 Killed, 1 Hurt in Rural Nevada Explosions

Shrapnel was blown into neighborhood yards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2016 4:41 PM CDT
1 Killed, 1 Hurt in Rural Nevada Explosions
Two explosions in a small Nevada town killed on person and injured another Wednesday evening.   (Facebook)

A pair of explosions in a small Nevada town Wednesday evening killed one person and prompted a request for a bomb unit to respond from Las Vegas, about 165 miles away, the AP reports. Authorities say a second person was injured in the explosions on a residential street in Panaca. Las Vegas police, the FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives also are investigating. Early reports stated the explosions were caused by a car bomb, but few other details have been released by authorities.

A neighbor says shrapnel from the explosions landed as far as a block away on his property. Dave Free said he has broken windows, car parts in his driveway, and shrapnel next to his horse feeder. He said his family and animals weren't hurt, though they were shaken by the blast. Free says the shrapnel could have hit his young grandsons, who feed the horses. He says they could have been killed and that "it could have a real bad deal." One witness shot video of the explosions' aftermath. Watch it here. (More Nevada stories.)

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