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Updated: 5:01 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 | Posted: 12:09 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
MOUNT PLEASANT, N.C. —
Channel 9 learned that no one will face charges for an explosion that burned several people including a 16-year-old girl. She is home and recovering Sunday night, and she talked with Eyewitness News about the terrifying experience. She was having difficulty speaking because her face is very swollen, but she remembers an explosion. Her boyfriend was also at the bonfire on Barrier Store Road in Mount Pleasant, and he said a man poured some type of fuel into an already burning barrel. Kendall Bolton's last school picture sits in her home; her father said it will be a long time before she is able to take another picture like it. Her boyfriend found her on the ground. Firefighters said several people were taken to the hospital. Eyewitness News has not been able to confirm the details with deputies, but we do know Kendall was left with first and second degree burns. She came home from the hospital on Sunday and asked for her entire face to not be shown, but she did agree to show some of the burns. She has also lost a lot of hair. As a father who wants to protect his daughter, Kenneth Bolton is heartbroken. "And it was a grownup that done it, I hear. And it's an innocent child. She had nothing to do with it," said Kenneth. He wants someone charged, but the sheriff's office said they are not investigating this because the fire department has not said that foul play was involved. No charges have been filed.
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