UPDATE: On November 19, 2020, State Police arrested 50-year-old Brett G. Smith of Lyon Mountain, following his release from the hospital. An investigation revealed that on October 22, 2020, Smith was manufacturing fireworks in his home, when one accidentally detonated. The explosion caused an amputation to his right hand. He was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree. He was arraigned by the Town of Peru Court and released on his own recognizance. Smith is to appear in the Town of Dannemora Court at a later date.
Original release: On October 22, 2020, at approximately 5 p.m., State Police responded to a report of an explosion at a residence in Lyon Mountain. As a result, 50-year-old Brett G. Smith of Lyon Mountain, was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington with severe injuries to an extremity. The scene was rendered secure by the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit. This remains under investigation.