A motor home exploded Sunday around dusk in St. Amant, injuring the homeowner and shaking homes more than 10 miles away.
The blast in the 10500 block of Savoy Road spewed motor home debris as far as 90 feet and damaged three nearby homes, said St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc.
And yet the homeowner, a 79-year-old man who was standing next to the camper when it exploded shortly after 5 p.m., suffered only minor injuries in a blast that sent him flying at least 20 feet, LeBlanc said.
“I don’t know how this cat walked away from that,” LeBlanc said. “It was unbelievable.”
The explosion, which LeBlanc compared to the detonation of half a dozen pipe bombs, was likely caused by the homeowner, who was checking for a propane leak around the camper using a lighter.
LeBlanc said he was told Sunday the man’s leak-searching methods were commonplace a long time ago.
Firefighters with the St. Amant and Sorrento fire departments eventually extinguished the flames that resulted from the explosion, and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and ground units from Acadian Ambulance Service also responded to the blast.
The homeowner was taken to a medical facility with moderate injuries, LeBlanc said.