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Explosion sends fire extinguisher flying quarter-mile


A fire extinguisher inside a machine at a Plainville scrapyard exploded Tuesday, sending it flying through the air for a quarter-mile and slamming into a home.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News spoke with the homeowner who said he's thankful no one was injured.

Tom Rovis said he was inside his kitchen when he heard a loud boom.

"It sounded like an explosion, then about three seconds later my whole house shook," he said.

Moments before that, a worker at JW Green, a scrapmetal yard, was using a large machine and had no idea there was a fully-charged fire extinguisher inside.

"The operator is about 30 feet from what he's cutting, so he can't see everything," JW Green employee Leigh Marshall said. "It's a fairly large machine, his view was limited and the sun was shining on him."

The fire extinguisher split in two, sending half of it into a junk pile and the other half flying through the air onto Rovis' home.

"It hit the top of my house and bounced off and landed about 100 yards down the house," he said.

Rovis said he was stunned but thankful no one was hurt.

"I was just surprised that it actually flew that far," he said. "I'm just glad I wasn't mowing my lawn and I wasn't two more feet (in the other direction).

The shingles on the roof of the home have since been repaired.

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