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Sheriff’s issue citation to Jackson man for explosion

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This is a story detailed first at on Saturday about an explosion in Jackson that rocked homes in Newburg, West Bend, Slinger and to the west of Big Cedar Lake.


The Washington County Sheriff’s have now issued a citation for disorderly conduct to a 36-year-old Town of Jackson man.  Details are below.


On 4/16/16 at 8:47 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a person who reported that a house had exploded and was fully engulfed with flames at 2669 Sherman Road in the Town of Jackson. The Jackson Fire Department along with Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched.



While responding to the call the Sheriff’s Office received another 37 calls on 911 from residents as far as the Village of Slinger and the City of West Bend who reported hearing a loud explosion.



Upon arrival at the scene it was discovered that there was not a house on fire. The flames were from a large bon fire in a field behind the residence that had just been started.


The man who started the fire indicated that he had started the fire in the same manner that he has in the past and that after the fire was started someone may have thrown some fireworks into the fire.


Based on the size of the explosion it is believed that a large amount of an unknown accelerant was used in the starting of the fire which resulted in the loud explosion.


The 36-year-old Town of Jackson man who started the fire will be cited for disorderly conduct. There were no injuries or property damage reported as a result of this incident.


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