Outdoor wood stove explodes, nearly hits Ionia Co. home

Outdoor wood stove explodes on Dildine Road, north of Ionia. (Courtesy Ionia Dept. of Public Safety/March 9, 2017)

EASTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An outdoor wood stove exploded in Ionia County early Thursday morning nearly hitting a neighbor’s house.

The Ionia Department of Public Safety was called to the 1300 block of Dildine Road, northwest of Ionia, at 3 a.m. for a reported explosion.

Outdoor wood stove explodes on Dildine Road, north of Ionia. (Courtesy Ionia Dept. of Public Safety/March 9, 2017)

The caller said his neighbor’s outdoor wood burning stove appeared to have exploded, leaving pieces of it in his yard.

Officers say when the pressurized outdoor wood burner/boiler exploded, it destroyed the small structure it was in. The steel burner flew about 150 feet into the neighbor’s yard before coming to a stop just a couple of feet away from the home.

Ionia DPS says no one was injured in the incident.