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Sparks from welder caused gunpower to explode inside Utah home

Bomb investigators believe sparks from a welding machine ignited nearby gunpowder, causing a large explosion at a Layton home Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators from the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Layton Police, and the ATF spend several hours at the home where the explosion occurred on South Lisa Drive in Layton.

According to police, a 77-year-old man was welding a bench in his garage when the explosion happened. He was critically injured and flown by medical helicopter to the University of Utah hospital.

Police report the man is doing better and is expected to recover.

Neighbors say they felt the entire neighborhood shake just before 5:00 p.m.

“It was real loud, like a loud boom, it sounded like a bomb,” neighbor Jake Rodarte told 2News. “We ran outside and saw a big plume of smoke.”

Police say two other people were inside the home when the explosion occurred, but they were not injured.