Boy Scouts Injured In House Explosion Released From Hospital

Two of the Boy Scouts injured in Thursday's Council Bluffs house explosion were released Saturday from the Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Burn Unit in Lincoln.

Jacob Holcomb and Scott Brown are recovering at home. Two adults and two other scouts were also hospitalized for burns. The children were working on a pyrotechnic project involving gun powder at a residence on Kingsridge Drive when it ignited just after 8 p.m. The exact cause remains under investigation.

The Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council in Omaha issued this statement Friday afternoon:

"Recently, four youth members and two adult members sustained burns and injuries while preparing for an upcoming special event. The Mid-America Council, Boy Scouts of America is extremely saddened by this unfortunate accident and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our members who were injured and their families. Right now our focus is on the health of our members and doing everything we can to assist in their recovery. When appropriate we will carefully review the situation to see if there are any safety enhancements that may be necessary. The health and safety of all of our members is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America. Safety is integral to everything we do and the Boy Scouts of America places great importance on creating the most secure environment possible for all of our members.”


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