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Woman accidentally blows up her house while making DIY Christmas crafts


DRAPER, Utah (CIRCA via KUTV) — For weeks, Utah firefighters struggled to determine the cause of a mysterious blast that blew up a home. Now the mystery has been solved.

Circa partner KUTV shared the story of a mom who survived the explosion. Lisa Wright, who owns the home with her husband, had been in the kitchen making Christmas decorations at the time of the blast. Lisa got distracted by the holiday spirit and left a can of spray paint right next to the stove.

Wright said she loves Christmas and was making decorations — there was a spray-paint can nearby, she was making a wreath and had cinnamon and orange peels brewing on her electric stove.

Draper City Fire Marshall Don Buckley told KUTV that when his crew got on the scene, the idea anyone would have left a can of spray paint near an open flame never crossed their minds because the damage to the house was so severe.

"It didn’t register with us that a little can of spray paint could cause this much damage,” Buckley told KUTV. The spray-paint explosion blew out the windows in the front and back of the house and ripped through the ceiling leaving a giant hole in the roof.

Turns out those warning labels aren't just there for decoration. The 12-ounce can of spray paint was in fact "extremely flammable," Buckley said.

“The entire roof had been dislodged, raised and lifted," Wright told KUTV. "Every ceiling wall line in the house is completely cracked."

The family is still waiting to find out whether or not they'll ever be able to move back into the house again. For now, Wright says she's gonna leave the crafting to the professionals.

“I don’t think I am going to buy spray paint ever again,” Wright said.

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