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N.C. House Explodes During SWAT Standoff

March 14, 2011  | 

A heavily armed, 42-year-old man was killed Sunday afternoon after his house exploded during a standoff with SWAT officers in Catawba County, N.C.

Officers haven't released the name of the man who died in the explosion and fire, which sent flames 30 feet into the air on Willowbottom Road, south of Hickory.

Sometime around 3 p.m., the man's frightened wife called authorities, saying she thought her husband was going to hurt himself, said Sheriff Coy Reid.

Responding officers called in the SWAT team when they learned the man was heavily armed, said Reid, who also said the man had several weapons inside the house.

For about 20 minutes, SWAT officers surrounded the house and set up a perimeter. No one else was in the house during the standoff.

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