MOUNT PLEASANT, N.C. -- The Cabarrus County Fire Marshal’s Office said on Wednesday there was no indication of criminal activity related to a bonfire explosion that injured three teens two weeks ago.
The Fire Marshal’s Office, however, cited the owner of the property where the incident took place with violations to Cabarrus County’s Fire Prevention and Protection Code Ordinance, according to the report.
The report stated the man involved unknowingly poured the fuel into the fire, there was an improperly discarded re-sealable 24 oz. aluminum can in the barrel.
As the diesel fuel was poured onto the fire, it flared up increasing the heat level within the barrel and within the sealed can. This caused the sealed aluminum can to explode and burn three victims near the fire, according to the report.
The report went on to say, there have been no indications made known to the Fire Marshal’s Office that there was any malicious or willful intent to cause harm to anyone at the bonfire.
The Cabarrus County Fire Marshal’s and Sheriff’s offices met with and shared the results of the investigation with the families of the victims.
“There are lives permanently changed from the events that happened that night,” said Cabarrus County Fire Marshal Steven Langer. “Over the last 10 days, our office has worked to give the incident the due diligence that the victims and their families deserve. We thank them for their involvement in the investigation and wish them a successful recovery.”
Fundraiser for Mt. Pleasant burned teens postponed
Due to the rain in today's forecast Sun Drop and event organizers have re-scheduled the fund raiser for three victims involved in the bonfire accident.
The event has been re-scheduled for Friday, February 8th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant High School on Walker Road.