Witnesses report loud explosion/fire near East Valley High School, DNR says it's just house work

Residents close by East Valley High School say they heard what sounded like a loud explosion Friday.

A large plume of smoke, visible for miles, and close by, James Beamish and his family were still reeling.

"It actually shook pretty much my neighbors," Beamish said, "and my house to the point where it was almost like a sonic boom explosion and then I got a phone call from my neighbors saying there's a fire out in the field."

Beamish and his neighbors went outside to see the commotion, especially because Friday's incident reminded them of something they'd nearly forgotten.

Nearly one year ago, in the same spot, an identical situation.

Beamish and his neighbors say their homes rattled the morning of Saturday, June 9th, 2018.

Explosions, a fire, a DNR investigation.

The fire spread more last year because it was so dry.

This time around, in the pouring rain, it was contained pretty quick.

According to the DNR, both last year and this year, there was no explosion, no arrests, just a homeowner with a permit to burn outdoors.

Beamish isn't convinced.

"You have oxygen and you have to have a fuel source so what could be a fuel source other than wet wood," Beamish said.

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