Police: Hunter killed in propane explosion

Police: Hunter killed in propane explosion

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HONESDALE, Pa. — State police say a Florida man was killed while hunting in northeastern Pennsylvania when his portable propane heater exploded.

Police in Wayne County say 81-year-old Gregory Scheer of Chiefland, Florida was hunting from a stand on the ground and using a portable propane heater in Texas Township.

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Police say the heater may have malfunctioned or perhaps was improperly connected and caused an attached propane bottle to explode at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Police say two other propane bottles nearby also exploded.

Police say a friend who owns the property heard the blasts and found Scheer dead.

The official cause of death is pending investigation. A fire marshal was called to investigate and an autopsy is planned this week.