Teenager killed in backyard explosion

Posted at 6:27 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 08:11:08-04

AMMON, Idaho — UPDATE: A 14-year-old boy from Ammon died after an accident with what officials believe was a homemade cannon.

Bonneville County Sheriff's deputies believe two teenagers were using powders and materials in a backyard shed to build a small homemade gun or cannon to launch a small projectile.

The teenager's mother and arriving deputies attempted first aid and CPR until ambulance personnel arrived and transported him to the hospital.

This incident is still under investigation, no further information is available at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY: At some point, something exploded, sending a piece of wood into one boy's chest. The accident is still under investigation.

Bonneville County Sheriff's Office says a teenage boy was taken to the hospital with a "significant wound to the chest" after an explosion on Monday afternoon.

Officials say they responded to find a boy with a second teenage boy who were igniting a powder substance that caused an explosion, which sent a piece of wood into the boy's chest. The mother of the boy who was injured called for help after hearing the explosion from inside her home.

The injured boy was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. No other injuries were reported and deputies continue to investigate.