Tribal Police Chief Says Investigation Into Eagle Butte Home Explosion Expected to be Complete Soon

Eagle Butte Explosion March 20, 2013 (Courtesy Photo)


EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – (DRG News) A woman injured in a home explosion last week in Eagle Butte remains hospitalized in Bismarck, North Dakota.  A house on Eagle Butte’s Jefferson Street was destroyed in the explosion and fire on Wednesday afternoon.  Chad Olson who is the Chief of the Cheyenne River Tribal Police Department says an officer and two civilians went into the home and were able to pull the woman to safety.  She was said to be the only one in the home at the time.  Olson says the woman was flown to a Bismarck hospital and has been in the Intensive Care Unit there.   He has been told that the woman has been in stable condition, suffering two broken legs and lacerations, but that she is expected to fully recover from her injuries.  Olson is not releasing the woman’s name as officials continue to look into the explosion, but he expects an investigation by his department should be complete later in the week.  No one else was injured in Wednesday’s explosion.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives visited the site of the explosion on Thursday and according to the ATF’s Robert Boland, the incident appears to have been an accident.  He says investigators from his office eliminated criminal activity and are no longer involved in looking into the incident.

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