Investigation Shows No Criminal Activity in Bonfire Explosion
CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C.-- A completed investigation into a bonfire explosion that injured three teens showed that no criminal activity occurred.
The Cabarrus County Fire Marshal’s Office released a report detailing the incidents that led to the explosion, which resulted from multiple contributing factors.
According to the report, there was a re-sealable 24 oz. aluminum can in the barrel containing the fire when someone poured fuel into it. The diesel fuel caused the heat level to rise in the can, which is what caused it to explode. The person pouring the fuel into the barrel was unaware that the can was there.
“There are lives permanently changed from the events that happened that night,” said Cabarrus County Fire Marshal Steven Langer. “Over the last 10 days, our office has worked to give the incident the due diligence that the victims and their families deserve. We thank them for their involvement in the investigation and wish them a successful recovery.”
Both the Cabarrus County Fire Marshal’s and Sheriff’s offices met with and shared the results of the investigation with the families of the victims. No arrests will be made in connection to this incident.