Kenny Pratte, 54, of Delta is facing charges after allegedly causing an explosion that rocked a quiet Delta neighborhood shortly after 9 p.m. May 19. Pratte was seriously injured in the incident and had been transported to the hospital by a family member by the time Delta Police Department officers arrived on the scene at 1015 Meeker Street. The explosion took place in a camp trailer which was reportedly being used as a workshop. Although no one witnessed the incident, neighbors told DPD officers it was Pratte's habit to go out to the 'dobies and pick up spent shell casings that he cleaned so he could recycle the metal. There was a strong smell of gunpowder in the air, leading investigators to theorize the gunpowder in a metal container somehow ignited, causing an explosion that blew the container apart. Pratte faces charges of possession of explosives or incendiary devices and fourth degree arson.
Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.
The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year.