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UPDATE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured After Explosion at Coryell County Farm Complex, Cause of Explosion Confirmed

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UPDATE: July 3, 2014

As of this date investigators believe that the three men were in the farm shop and filling large plastic bags with a gas commonly used in welding and cutting of steel, acetylene. This gas is extremely combustible. They were placing the bags filled with gas into the large plastic container and was going to transport them out into a field and ignite them just to see the explosion. At some point during the filling of these bags something sparked; setting off the acetylene, causing a large explosion killing one man and seriously injuring the other two.

The identity of the other two men involved is:

Steve Langenegger, 50 years old and Jan Vanmerwe, 24 years old. Both are currently still in hospitals and are in serious condition.

This case will remain open until the forensic finding are available from the ATF. The investigation is continuing.


(KCEN) -- UPDATE: The Coryell County Sheriff's Office has identified the person killed in the farm complex explosion as 55-year-old Charl Wynard Swart of McGregor.

 The person transferred to Hillcrest Hospital is a 50-year-old male. He is currently in serious but stable condition.

A 24-year-old man was also transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious burns. His condition is unknown at this time. 

Both of these men are also from McGregor.

 Emergency crews responded to Huffman Farms located off of Mother Neff Pkwy in the eastern part of Coryell County after receiving a call from Kevin Huffman of Huffman Farms.

Huffman reported an explosion at one of the farm shops at the complex. The source of the explosion is unknown.

 The Coryell County Sheriff's Dept. is currently investigating the incident. 

Swart's body will be transported to the Southwest Forensic Institute in Dallas for autopsy.


(KCEN) -- An explosion at a Coryell County farm complex has left one person dead and two injured.  The explosion happened shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday night at Huffman Farms located at 5605 Mother Neff Pkwy just off of FM 107. 

Chief Billy Vaden of the Gatesville Fire Dept. says one person has been taken to Hillcrest. The other person injured was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. 

The Coryell County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
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