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Man seriously injured in laboratory explosion

Man seriously injured in laboratory explosion

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A small explosion at a Lehi dental lab sent one person to the hospital.

A 75-year-old employee was working inside Alpine Dental Laboratory at 1220 N. 500 West in Lehi when something exploded around noon.

‘There doesn't appear to be any structural damage to the building," said Lehi Police Lt. Darren Paul.

He says the man's hand was injured. He was taken to the hospital while neighbors tried to figure out what was going on.

"Before we knew it, there were fire engines and ambulances," one neighbor said.

Lab owner Mark Seiter says the company builds crowns, bridges, partials and dentures, but he doesn't think the employee was working on any of those when the explosion happened.

"It appears he was not. We still have that under investigation," he said.

He says their thoughts right now are with the injured employee who has been working there for 11 years.


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