Coroner identifies man killed Saturday in explosives incident near Laurel

2012-12-03T07:48:00Z 2012-12-05T09:10:14Z Coroner identifies man killed Saturday in explosives incident near LaurelGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
December 03, 2012 7:48 am  • 

A man who died Saturday in Laurel in an incident involving explosives has been identified as Billy Joe Ullom, 46, said Yellowstone County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Jones, the county coroner.

Jones said Ullom died of severe blood loss due to shrapnel injuries.

"It looks like an accident -- a piece of equipment that blew up," Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said. He said he didn't know what the piece of equipment was.

Few other details have been released about the incident, which happened on Saturday afternoon on private land on Seitz Ronan Road.

"There's not much more information I can release at this time," said Brad Beyersdorf, public information officer for the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Denver field division. "We're still investigating the incident and, since it's still under investigation, I’d hate to risk releasing any of the details that could compromise it."

He said on Saturday that it was an "explosives incident" and that several other people were at the scene when law enforcement arrived, although no other injuries were reported.

Ullom was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead.

The AFT is in charge of explosives investigation, with assistance from the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, Beyersdorf said the investigation remained active.

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