Student in recovery after explosion at the Technical Center of Carthage


The Carthage Police Department said a student was hospitalized after an explosion at the Technical Center in Carthage, Missouri (south campus).

Police received a call to 911 at around 10:20 a.m. this morning about an explosion. Carthage firefighters, EMS and police responded.

They say a student was injured. EMS took him to Mercy Hospital. The student was then transported for life to another hospital.

No other student was injured according to police. Investigators are trying to determine what happened.

Carthage High School posted the following Friday evening on Facebook:

“Statement from Blake’s family:

Blake is out of surgery and recovering and is doing well. The surgeon was very positive about the result. Blake suffered an injury to the lower part of his face which will require reconstruction. Full recovery is expected. Surgeons will monitor his recovery and make future plans accordingly. The family appreciates your prayers for Blake, his family, his teachers and his students.

The Carthage Technical Center is a regional vocational school for the Carthage R-9 School District. According to its website, it is home to programs in agriculture, machining, computer science, and digital electronics.


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