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Man charged after bonfire accident injures 5

MINOT — A man has been charged after a vehicle shock absorber was thrown onto a bonfire and exploded, injuring five people.

Some of the injuries are serious, a news release from the Ward County Sheriff’s Office said. Four people were still hospitalized Wednesday. It did not identify those injured.

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Weston C. Mattison, 19, of Minot, has been charged with one count of endangering by fire explosion, a Class B felony.

Officials from the Ward County Sheriff’s Department and Minot Police Department responded to a loud party complaint in southeast Minot just before midnight Saturday. Most of the party-goers had left and the fire was almost out when officers arrived. The officers then learned of the explosion.

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