Explosion Sends Randolph Man To Hospital

Riley County authorities on Saturday afternoon responded to a report of an explosion in northern Riley County. Approximately 20 fire and EMS workers responded to the scene at 3:40 p.m.

Riley County Fire Chief Pat Collins says a man and a dog were injured when a building exploded.

According to reports, Ken Specht was inside a shop building at 2217 Ober Road in Randolph when the explosion occurred. Windows in a house approximately 100 feet away were also blown out.

Specht was reportedly checking a furnace inside an out building when the explosion occurred. He was transported to Via Christi Hospital.

KNDY News will update when more information become available.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.