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Westminster man injured in shed explosion

A Westminster man was injured as his shed exploded Saturday morning, according to Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch.

According to Bouch, a 56-year-old man experienced burns and other injuries following the explosion on Sullivan Road in Westminster at 5:50 a.m. Saturday morning. The man was flown to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center.

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Bouch said the shed exploded outward damaging 11 other homes, tearing the vinyl siding off the closest neighbors' home and shattering glass of houses further out. Investigators are currently working to determine the cause of the explosion, with personnel surveying the damage from the air in a Maryland State Police helicopter around 10 a.m.

Neighbor Jenn Sheehy said the explosion woke her out of a dead sleep, and she had first assumed a bomb had gone off. Within 20 minutes, the sound of firetrucks guided neighbors to the source of the explosion.

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Sullivan Road was closed for much of the morning, as police and firefighters worked to clean the damage.

Reach staff writer Jacob deNobel at 410-857-7890 or jacob.denobel@carrollcountytimes.com.

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