North Troy man faces charges in homemade fireworks explosion

Police say it all happened Tuesday afternoon on Railroad Street near Troy School.
Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 5:21 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 6:19 PM EDT
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NORTH TROY, Vt. (WCAX) - A North Troy man who was injured when his homemade fireworks exploded will face charges.

The explosion happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday on Railroad Street near the Troy School.

Vermont State Police say Wayne LePage, 40, was making fireworks in a camper behind his home when they blew up.

Investigators say LePage had burns on his upper body and was rushed to North Country Hospital by a family member, and later to the UVM Medical Center by ambulance. His condition was not available. No one else was injured.

Nearby residents were evacuated and the street was blocked off. The school also went into lockdown. The Vermont State Police bomb squad was called in along with members of the ATF and FBI.

LePage now faces charges for possession of destructive devices. He’s due in court next month.

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