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.