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Originally published: 2014-04-01 15:55:07
Last modified: 2014-04-01 15:55:52

Man airlifted after explosion in Zionville

by Staff Reports

On Monday, deputies responded along with the Zionville Fire Department and Watauga Medics to 179 Lola Perry Road in Zionville, to a report of an explosion that had severely injured an individual.

Kevin L. Isaacs was being treated for life threatening injuries and was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center, according to a release from the Watauga County Sheriff's office.

Deputies discovered that Isaacs was disassembling old blasting caps and removing the explosive material; when something sparked the unstable chemicals and an explosion occurred. 

There were over 100 more live blasting caps located at the scene, which prompted deputies to contact the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad.

As the outside scene was being processed, deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence to insure that there were not any other explosive devices inside. There were numerous blasting caps and other implements located inside.

Wilkes County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad removed the explosives and elected to detonate the remaining blasting caps at the scene due to the age and type of explosive material used in their production.

The investigation is continuing to determine where the blasting caps were obtained and why they were being disassembled.

No information regarding the age of the victim involved was given.