New details released in Butte house explosion


BUTTE, Mont. - Butte-Silver Bow Police Captain Doug Conway says emergency crews responded to calls of an explosion at 420 Aluminum Street Saturday evening shortly before 6:00 p.m.

Conway says a 32-year-old man died in the explosion.

Jordan Foster lives next door and was home when the explosion happened.

"I came outside and noticed glass on the street and smoke coming out the windows," Foster said. "Then I could hear him in the house moaning in distress."

Foster said he tried to help his neighbor.

"I walked up to the door, and I yelled in the door, 'Are you OK?'" Foster said. "He didn't answer."

The Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department told NBC Montana Monday they found propane tanks and other dangerous items in the residence.

Sheriff Ed Lester said they also found other devices in the home that did not explode, along with several firearms from the residence.

That's when they say they called for backup from the Missoula bomb squad.

"When we first found out he had a bomb we were kind of freaked out," neighbor Colter Heilig said. "We had to evacuate our homes."

For Foster and his family, this will be the last month they will be living at their residence.

"We are going to move out, as it's kind of tough to stick around something like that," Foster said. "People are driving by, and it's just kind of emotional."

The explosion is under investigation.