Provencal man airlifted to regional trauma center following scrap metal cutting incident

A Provencal man suffering from serious injuries has been airlifted to a regional trauma center following a metal cutting incident at his residence according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wight.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a medical emergency involving a container explosion on Aug. 3 around 10:30 am in the 100 block of Harmony Road near Provencal.
Deputies and Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene finding a 57-year-old Provencal man suffering from what appeared to be serious non-life threatening injuries.
Life Air Med Chopper was dispatched to the scene along with Natchitoches Parish Fire District #4 to assist with a landing zone in Provencal.
Deputies say according to witnesses, the man was using a grinder attempting to cut an oxygen cylinder for scrap metal when the bottle exploded which resulted in the serious injuries.
He was airlifted to a regional trauma center for treatment.