Bonfire Explosion Kills Brother And Sister During Graduation Ceremony

ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A St. Clair County family is grieving after a brother and sister were killed Saturday night by a bonfire explosion. It happened on Gratiot Road during a graduation party for 18-year-old Savannah Blewett.

Her brother, 27-year-old Christopher Blewett, poured gasoline on the wood — only to have it explode when Savannah put a flame to it, police said.

“He’s a grown adult, who put the — constructed the pit,” St Clair County Sheriff’s Tim Donnellon said. “You know … it’s an accident; this is not a situation where somebody … threw a 5-gallon can of gas on a bonfire with people sitting around. It was not something like that. This was strictly just a terrible accident.”

Several other people were hurt, but are expected to be OK.

  • Autopsies Show Bonfire Explosion Victims Died From Trauma « CBS Detroit

    […] St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said he had not yet seen the full results of the autopsies performed on Savannah Blewett and her brother, Christopher Blewett, but that the preliminary indication was their deaths were caused by trauma from the incident. […]

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