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MARIES COUNTY, Mo. (KMIZ)
A 58-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning when a house exploded near Vienna.
Maries County Deputy Scott John said Wayne Boeckman was killed in the blast.
First responders were dispatched to a home near Highway V in Maries County around 3 a.m., John said, and tried to confirm whether Boeckman was home at the time of the explosion.
“We can confirm around 6 a.m. that he has returned home, the fire department has some equipment at the scene and is conducting exhumation of people until they find his body,” he said. John said.
Boeckman’s body was found in the basement. An autopsy will be performed in Columbia.
Investigators believe a container of propane gas was what caused the explosion.
“Looking at it, you can tell it was a very large compression explosion, suspect propane because the source of the ignition is still being determined,” John said.
The explosion scattered debris over a large area, including trees around the house. A mattress, pillows, bricks and family photos were visible in the debris strewn across the area.
Leeann Lee, who lives nearby, said she felt the explosion and it woke her up.
“It messed up all the pictures in my house, it looked very scary,” Lee said.
Sheriff Chris Heitman share on Facebook that the Missouri Propane Commission and the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting in the investigation. He wrote.
Volunteers from the Vienna Fire Department spent more than seven hours recovering Boeckman’s body, Heitman wrote.