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Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 1:05 p.m.

Hydrogen caused Whatcom County explosion

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- An explosion that injured a Whatcom County man was caused by hydrogen he was collecting for vehicle fuel.
Sheriff Bill Elfo told The Bellingham Herald he used an electrical current to separate hydrogen from water and captured the gas in a 5-gallon propane tank.
The tank over-pressurized and exploded early Wednesday in a blast that shook the community of Kendall near Mount Baker and sent 44-year-old Andry Lukyanchin to a Seattle hospital with serious burns.
Family members told investigators he was conducting his own science experiments based on Internet videos.

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