A Butler County teenager was critically burned when a homemade concoction exploded.
Butler County fire officials say the 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old friend were trying to create their own version of a fireworks display yesterday in a rural area near Wichita.
They poured propane, gasoline, lighter fluid and other fuels in a barrel. The boys then apparently dropped a small firecracker in the barrel to ignite the mixture.
The 14-year-old boy received first and third degree burns on his face, arms and legs, when the mixture exploded in a flash fire. He was taken by helicopter to a Wichita hospital, where his condition has improved to serious.
The 15-year-old boy was treated at the scene for minor injuries.