Two hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter So­cial Cir­cle ex­plo­sion

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

An ex­plo­sion in So­cial Cir­cle sent two men to the hos­pi­tal Sun­day.

A deputy with the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to a home on Paine Cross­ing in So­cial Cir­cle around 4 a.m.

Upon ar­rival, EMS was al­ready at the scene tend­ing to the wounded.

Deputy Feli­cia Jef­fer­son with the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said three men — one of them a 28-year-old who lived at the res­i­dence — had a fire burn­ing in a bar­rel out­side the home, which they had been sit­ting around for a pe­riod of time. Jef­fer­son said for some rea­son, one of the males poured some type of fuel in­side of the bar­rel, which caught on fire and ex­ploded. She said the fuel was de­scribed as be­ing ei­ther gaso­line or diesel fuel.

“They had been sit­ting out there and were try­ing to keep the fire burn­ing, but for what rea­son they thought they were go­ing to pour some type of fuel or diesel on the fire, I have no idea,” Jef­fer­son said.

The ex­plo­sion re­sulted in ex­ten­sive burns over one of the vic­tim’s bod­ies, she said. He was taken to Grady Med­i­cal Center by EMS. Jef­fer­son said one of the other men re­ceived mi­nor burns and was taken to the hos­pi­tal by fam­ily mem­bers. The third man re­ceived no in­juries.

No charges were filed in the case.

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