Seven Teens Hurt in Las Vegas-Area Bonfire Explosion
About the Desert Bonfire Explosion
According to the report, the teens had gathered in the desert about five miles south of Horizon Ridge Parkway outside of Henderson, Nev. to celebrate graduation from Basic High School earlier that day. A 55-gallon barrel of diesel fuel was placed near the edge of the bonfire when it triggered an explosion at approximately 11:20 p.m.
The group of teens was out of cell phone range when the blast occurred and some of the injured drove to get help.
Five teens were admitted to the University Medical Center burn unit; two had been released as of Tuesday. Among those that remain hospitalized is one boy who was placed in medically-induced coma. Two girls also remain in intensive care. One girl is reported to have burns covering 85 percent of her body. The other girl is reported to burns covering 65 percent of her body.
Burn Injury Facts
Burn injuries are one of the most painful types of injuries and are often associated with long healing times and lasting scars. The American Burn Association (ABA) estimates approximately 450,000 burn injuries requiring medical attention in the U.S. in 2013. About 40,000 of those injuries required further hospitalization, including about 30,000 at hospital burn centers. Tragically, 3,400 people in the U.S. died in 2013 from injuries sustained in fire, burn, and smoke inhalation incidents.