(Lander, Wyo.) – Lander Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an apparent explosion at a local residence and a man with burns seeking medical help at Lander Regional Hospital a short time later.
Lander Police Lt. Chuck Carr said police were dispatched to the 100 block of North 1st Street at 12:51 p.m. after a call was received of a loud “boom” and then the sound of glass breaking. Upon arrival, police saw smoke coming from a broken window at a residence in that block. Not knowing if anyone was injured, police conducted a search around the residence, and then finding an unlocked door, entered the home. Police did not find anyone inside, nor did they find any evidence of what might’ve caused the explosion, Carr said. He did say that officers found a lingering chemical-like odor inside the residence.
Some 39 minutes later, at 1:30 p.m., police were called to Lander Regional Hospital where a 27-year-old Lander man had shown up at the Emergency Room with burns on parts of his body. After emergency treatment in Lander, the man was taken by air ambulance to a Salt Lake City burn center.
Carr said the apparently related incidents are under investigation.