Man Killed in Panhandle Explosion from Illinois

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) -- The man who was killed in a Florida Panhandle explosion over the weekend was from Illinois.

Okaloosa County sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Michael Todd Brower was from Benton, Ill., near St. Louis. His friend, 58-year-old Luis Lopez, was critically injured. Lopez is a pediatrician from Benton.

They were at Lopez's vacation home in Destin on Saturday night when a car parked outside exploded. Officials think the explosion was related to acetylene torches they had rented to work on the home. The gas is used for welding and soldering.

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