Weld County house explosion sends 3 to hospital

Investigators suggest 'criminal activity' to blame

CARR, Colo. - An explosion blew out the windows and lifted the roof off a home in the Weld County community of Carr Sunday afternoon.

The explosion was reported at 3:45 p.m., according to the Weld County Sheriff's Office.

"I saw smoke coming out of it and I heard the people yelling, so I drove over there really quickly," said neighbor Bruce Ransier. "There were two men coming out of the house and they were burnt pretty badly."

"Everybody's hair was completely singed," Ransier added.

A 4-year-old child was also hurt in the explosion.

"Neighbors showed up, they worked with the guys, hosed them down, tried to get them to cool off," said Ransier, who said the victims were screaming.

One man was airlifted to the hospital, another was transported by ambulance.

The exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but the sheriff's office said the cause was likely due to "criminal activity."

"The current speculation is there were drugs involved. My opinion is there were not," Ransier said. "There was no odd smell."

"And most importantly, the response I got as to how bad it was from the two men who were badly burnt and in shock, they were not guilty," Ransier continued. "They had absolutely no clue as to what had happened."

The house was uninhabitable after the explosion.

"Things were all thrown around," said Ransier. "It was a jumble, it was in complete disarray."

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