May 26, 2018

6 officers injured after large explosion in North Haven, CT

03 May 2018, 02:09 | Marta Robbins

NATION-WORLD Explosion Rocks Neighborhood In Connecticut A large police presence had been in the area involving a barricaded person WFSB-TV reports

               Explosion Rocks Neighborhood In Connecticut        A large police presence had been in the area involving a barricaded person WFSB-TV reports

Police officers in North Haven, Connecticut were responding to a hostage situation when an explosion occurred.

A CT hospital says it's treating seven people who were injured when a barn exploded behind a house where police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage.

North Haven Police told CBS News they were investigating a domestic violence incident around 7 p.m. The officers were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries at around 8:30pm.

Freda also explained that police were responding to a report of a man barricaded in a house with his family and that officers were trying to get him out when the explosion took place near the back of the house. State police said the suspect had not yet been apprehended and called it an active situation.

First Selectman Michael Freda says the officers suffered cuts, abrasions and bruises, but their exact condition and that of the suspect and his family weren't immediately known.

The man then barricaded himself inside the house, triggering a massive police and SWAT team response.

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North Haven resident Joan Mazurek, 76, a retired accountant, heard what she thought was a train at her home about a mile away from the scene - only, it was the explosion.

North Haven is located just outside New Haven, home to Yale University, around 27 miles south of Hartford.

The blaze was still burning early Thursday, fire officials said, adding that power was out in the neighborhood and a local firehouse had been set up as a "refuge" for affected residents.

Video shows police rushing to the scene and a raging fire.

News 8 reported that police were using a loudspeaker to communicate with a man inside a residence on Quinnipiac Avenue. Sounds of smaller explosions also were heard. Connecticut State Police are on the scene to assist North Haven Police.

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