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Warrant issued for alleged scrapper accused in Flint home explosion

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/03/14) - One person is now facing charges in a home explosion, on Flint's south side, last month.

It happened at a vacant home on the corner of Markham St. and Irving Ct., May 13.

A warrant was issued late Tuesday afternoon. The suspect is not yet in custody, but now faces three counts - second-degree home invasion, malicious destruction of a building and larceny in a building.

Flint Police and Michigan State Police Fire investigators said, early on, the explosion was sparked by a scrapper.

No one was injured, but the home is a total loss and others nearby were damaged.

The blast was heard miles and miles away.

Police, when getting the warrant signed, said people saw the suspect in the house and even called 911, but he was gone by the time officers arrived. They later identified him.

What sparked the blast?

"The copper pipe had been dislodged at the union, near the delivery of gas from the gas meter," said Michigan State Police Specialist Sergeant Lenny Jaskulka. "The hot water heater, when it engaged with the energy flow, ignited the natural gas that was stored inside of the basement."
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