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UPDATE: Parkland Hospital says Huddleston, 19, is still in critical condition as of Friday evening. CBS19.tv will update you on his condition if it changes.

MORRIS COUNTY (KYTX) -- A 19-year-old East Texas man is at the Parkland Hospital Burn Unit in Dallas after an explosion Thursday.

It happened at the A&E machine shop on Highway 250 east in Lone Star in Morris County.

Robert Huddleston was cutting open a 50 gallon drum -- possibly with a cutting torch -- but something flammable inside the drum exploded -- burning him from the waist up.

No one else was injured.

Mark wood lives down the street from the A&E Machine Shop on HWY 250 in the town of Lone Star.

"I seen it...the helicopter," he said. "It landed right there on the road."

At about 12:40 pm he said he heard an explosion and went outside to check it out.

"Within five minutes they were bringing the guy out from machine shop on a stretcher like he was in bad shape," he said.

Huddleston sustained second to third degree burns.

Police and fire vehicles blocked off HWY 250 as a helicopter awaited to transport him to the Parkland burn unit in Dallas.

"He had gloves on which protected his hands but his arms torso face were Bextensive. The fact that they requested the landing zone so quickly indicated that he had serious injuries."

But his family is by his side hoping for the best.

Richard Trelles KYTX CBS 19 News.


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