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Dynamite explodes inside truck causing crash

A Mt. Morris man escaped injury on Christmas Eve when a stick of dynamite exploded inside the pick-up truck he was driving.

His two female passengers were transported to area hospitals for minor injuries.

Mt. Morris Police Chief Jason White said Walter Coil, 66, unsuccessfully attempted to throw a quarter stick of dynamite he had lighted from the window of his truck.

The dynamite instead exploded inside the truck, causing Coil to lose control of the vehicle, jump a curb, and strike the west side of the former Mt. Morris Township Building on the southeast corner of East Center Street and South Wesley Avenue.

The incident occurred at 8:55 p.m.

Police arrested Coil for reckless conduct and transported him to the Ogle County Jail where he posted bond.

One of his passengers was transported by Mt. Morris ambulance to KSB Hospital, Dixon, and the other was taken by Oregon ambulance to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford.

The Mt. Morris Fire Department assisted at the scene.