A preliminary investigation of a fatal explosion Wednesday night at a home in the 3500 block of New Glendale Road indicates the occupants were making homemade fireworks.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 10 p.m. about an explosion at a residence, Sheriff John Ward said. The sheriff’s office, Glendale Fire Department, Valley Creek Fire Department and Hardin County EMS responded.
A male, 53, was dead on the scene and five others were injured and transported to area hospitals. According to Ward, seven people were inside the home.
One was flown to University Hospital in Louisville for treatment, one was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, three were treated at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and one was not injured. Ward said the two taken to University Hospital had severe injuries.
As of Thursday evening, he did not have an update on their condition or the ages of those involved.
Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee said from the preliminary autopsy it looks like cause of death for the male victim was multiple traumatic injuries most likely from the explosion. He did not release the man’s name Thursday evening.
The investigation into the explosion is ongoing, Ward said. Sgt. Christina Priddy is leading the sheriff’s office investigation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is conducting an investigation of the explosion as well, Ward said. Assistance is being provided by Kentucky State Police and Kentucky State Fire Marshal office.
According to Ward, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed the blast was from a mixture of two legal substances that were not mixed properly and exploded.
During his more than 36 years of law enforcement, Ward said he does not recall homemade fireworks ever being a problem and highly discouraged it. Should people be interested in fireworks, he said there are a plethora of fireworks stands set up across the county.
“Please, if you do set off fireworks, use good common sense and be safe,” he said.