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North Troy man making homemade fireworks injured in explosion

NORTH TROY — A 40-year-old man was injured, and a section of Railroad Street closed after an explosion yesterday in North Troy.

The explosion took place at around 2:00 p.m.

Firefighters say they located Wayne LePage seated outside and appeared to have sustained burns to his upper body.

He was rushed to North Country Hospital by a family member and later to UVM Hospital by ambulance.

The explosion was found to have occurred inside a camper located on the property.

Investigators say LePage is believed to have been manufacturing homemade fireworks when the explosion occurred.

Residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated and a one-block portion of Railroad Street was closed due to safety concerns.

Members from VSP’s Bomb Squad and Arson Unit were on scene to assist along with a member each from the ATF and FBI.

There was substantial damage to the camper, and no other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing, police say.

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