Homemade fireworks maker burned in blast

At 2 pm on Tuesday June 15, the North Troy Fire Department responded to a reported explosion at 159 Railroad Street in North Troy, police said.  Firefighters located an injured male, Wayne LePage, 40, seated outside. He appeared to have sustained burns to his upper body.  He was rushed to North Country Hospital by a family member and later to UVM Hospital by ambulance.  

The explosion was found to have occurred inside a small tow-behind camper located on the property.  No other people were injured from the explosion.  There was substantial damage to the camper.  Preliminary investigation into this incident revealed LePage to have been manufacturing homemade fireworks when the explosion occurred.  Residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated and a one block portion of Railroad Street was closed due to safety concerns.  

Members from VSP’s Bomb Squad and Arson Unit were on scene to assist along with a member each from the ATF and FBI.  Investigation into this incident is ongoing. 

This isn’t LePage’s first encounter with police. Last June he pleaded innocent in court in Newport on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, domestic assault, and aggravated domestic assault in the first-degree, as a result of a family dispute. According to media reports, in 2020 he tried to hang himself from a desk while incarcerated. After that incident his brother said he needed more mental health support from Newport prison workers. 

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