Arlington House Explosion Leaves One Dead, Another Injured

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ARLINGTON — An explosion at a home on Hedgeapple Drive woke up the neighborhood.

“Reports came in about 11 o’clock last night that there was an explosion heard, APD unit responded first on scene.” Lt. Lee Tovar said with the Arlington Fire Department.

When Arlington cops got to the smoky scene, there were two victims: Jared Backus and Dustin Lewis. Lewis was taken to Parkland with burns over 80% of his body, Backus was pronounced dead.

“It’s under investigation right now, it seems the two victims were messing around with consumer fire works,” Tovar said.

They were best friends who made a deadly mistake. Lewis was a student at UT Arlington, and Backus worked at a nearby business. Lewis’s parents were reportedly out of town when the explosion took place.

“I just heard a big boom, and I thought maybe somebody crashed in front of our house,” neighbor Joan Cargill said.

Emily Kaneesky also lives in the neighborhood and described what she heard.

“Yes, we heard it, and of course we have three dogs and they started going crazy.”

Neighbors are shocked by what happened and just want to know what they two were doing with the fireworks. “We want to know what’s what. It’s our neighborhood, we live here so we really want to know what was going on.” Emily Kaneesky said.

The investigation is on going but it’s safe to say; don’t mess with fireworks at home.