STANFORD — A retired state police trooper died and two other people were injured in an explosion in Stanford on Tuesday afternoon.
Shannon Corman, the retired trooper, who was also a federally licensed firearms dealer, was mixing a large amount of black powder in a garage behind his home on Oak Street when the explosion occurred, state police Trooper Chris Lanham said. Lanham said it is still unclear what touched off the explosion.
Corman, 80, retired from the police force in 1982. He owned a gun shop in Stanford at one time and was known to custom-mix powder for hunters.
A body found in the garage after the explosion was believed to have been that of Corman. Authorities said the body would be identified by the state medical examiner's office.
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James Greenwood, 57, who had been helping mix the gunpowder, and Corman's wife, Louise Corman, 75, were injured and were taken by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Hospital.
Lanham said Greenwood was thrown from the garage by the explosion and was burned over 90 percent of his body. He was in critical condition Tuesday night. Louise Corman was listed in serious condition.
State police were called to the scene at 3:14 p.m. By early evening, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on the scene, along with the state fire marshal and a state police arson investigator.
State police said the garage was a total loss and the back of the home was damaged extensively.