Teen in good condition after explosion of chemicals he mixed

September 08, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Sixteen-year-old James G. Durr Jr., who was seriously injured when the household chemicals he mixed in a beer bottle at his Winfield home Tuesday exploded and propelled slivers of glass into his neck, remained in good condition in a Baltimore trauma center yesterday.

The 11th-grade South Carroll High School student, who was in surgery for more than four hours, called 911 when he was unable to stop the flow of blood from his neck wound about 3:30 p.m., 30 minutes after he arrived home from school, authorities said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Jack Waldren, an explosive and bomb technician, said he recovered about 25 pieces of the bottle, the largest a half-inch wide by two inches long, along with the rest of the chemicals mixed to cause the explosion.

He reported he searched the driveway near the garage and the nearby lawn for the slivers of glass, but still found only a small portion of the bottle.

Young Durr was flown to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center in the state police MedEvac helicopter after treatment by the crew of the Winfield medic unit.

After his surgery, the 6-foot-2-inch teen was admitted to the adult section of Johns Hopkins Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

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