injured in acetylene explosion
August 11, 2004
21-year old man sustained serious injuries when he reached
into the back seat of his pick-up truck to pull out several
balloons that were filled with acetylene.
Authorities believe that Loren Dauer,
of Lindsborg, in McPherson County, Kansas, created a static
spark as he slid across the back seat that caused an explosion
strong enough to nearly take the top off his truck.
Dauer and his eleven year-old nephew were
shooting the balloons with roman candles in the backyard
of his parent's home around 10 p.m. as part of their 4th
of July celebrations. With only a few more balloons left
to shoot, the accident happened.
Sirens could be heard at the Lindsborg
fireworks display being held at nearby Bethany College
as firefighters and police officers were being dispatched
to the scene.
and his nephew were taken to the hospital in Wichita where
they received treatment for their injuries. Dauer was
treated for cuts on his face and body that he received
from the glass that shattered from the trucks windows.
He was also treated for other injuries received to his
ears. A wound to his young nephew's face required 30 stitches.
The force of the explosion was so strong
that neighbors who had gathered in the yard to watch the
activities were jolted several feet from their lawn chairs
and the garage where the truck was parked next to received
extensive damage as well.