CT barn blast injures 6 officers

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               Explosion Rocks Neighborhood In Connecticut        A large police presence had been in the area involving a barricaded person WFSB-TV reports

NATION-WORLD Explosion Rocks Neighborhood In Connecticut A large police presence had been in the area involving a barricaded person WFSB-TV reports

Police in CT say up to eight officers were injured when a barn exploded behind a house where police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage.

Deputy Police Chief Jonathan Mulhern would not comment when asked early Thursday if the suspect was in custody.

Video shows officers rushing to the scene and a raging fire.

A CT hospital says it's treating seven people who were injured when a barn exploded behind a house where police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage. Yale-New Haven Hospital said it was treating seven patients from the explosion.

State police said they were assisting in the investigation. None of the officers suffered life-threatening injuries.

A barn behind a house in CT exploded Wednesday night while police and a SWAT team were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving nine people including at least eight officers injured, officials said.

Police officers in North Haven, Connecticut were responding to a hostage situation when an explosion occurred.

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A fiery explosion rocked a CT town while police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured, officials said.

The explosion occurred after a woman ran into a police station with a complaint that her three days were held hostage in the house on Quinnipiac Avenue, and she managed to escape.

North Haven resident Joan Mazurek, 76, a retired accountant, heard what she thought was a train at her home about a mile away from the scene - only, it was the explosion.

The North Haven police department was investigating a domestic violence incident around 7 p.m. local time, according to a statement to CBS News. The man barricaded himself in the home and police and a regional SWAT team responded. "It's a shock. Nothing ever happens like this in North Haven".

A reporter on the scene from WFSB-TV Channel 3 shared photos of the home in flames, noting that the fire followed an explosion amid the standoff.

Other, smaller explosions followed the first blast, FOX61 reported.

Earlier Wednesday night North Haven police had urged people to avoid the area.

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