Man hospitalized after a home explosion in Kingston

Kingston Fire officials said one person was hospitalized. (Photo courtesy of WVLT)

UDATE: 9/29/20 – The 24-year-old male that was injured was Steven Jaret Dowker. No update on his condition. He was transferred to Vanderbilt for treatment of his burns yesterday.

UPDATE: 1:03PM, 9/28/20


On 09/28/2020, at 0414 hours, a Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy notified Central Dispatch of an explosion at 731 Gallaher road.  Multiple law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies responded to the scene. The residence at 731 Gallaher Road was totally destroyed as a result of the explosion. 

  One victim, a 24-year-old male was found on scene and was taken for medical treatment. Many nearby homes were damaged as a result of the explosion. Debris from the explosion has been found several hundred yards from the residence. The Kingston Police Department is utilizing a drone to access the large-scale field of debris. 

  The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Bomb and Arson are assisting the Kingston Police Department in the investigation.

  Units will likely be on scene until late Monday afternoon. Lanes of Gallaher road are shut down and we ask that motorists use caution in the area. 

  The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as they become available. 

Prior Story

Kingston Fire officials said one man is hospitalized following an explosion at a home Monday morning.

The incident happened on Gallaher Road, where investigators are currently working to find more information on the cause of the explosion.

Officials said one person was in the home at the time of the explosion. That resident was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. His condition is not known at this time.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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