B.C. Community Rallies Around Teen Boys Injured in New Year’s Bonfire Explosion

SMITHERS, British Columbia – Two teenage boys, Jordan Parker and Micah Urban, suffered severe burns after an explosion at a New Year’s Day bonfire event just north of the town. The incident has prompted an outpouring of support from the tight-knit community of Smithers, B.C.

The explosion occurred at the 4500 block of Henry Road, where 30 to 40 people had gathered around the bonfire. An object thrown onto the open flame led to the explosion, which resulted in injuries for several individuals. Parker and Urban sustained the most severe injuries, including second and third-degree burns, and were transferred to Vancouver hospitals for treatment. The incident has shocked the community of around 5,000 people, located about a 371-kilometer drive northwest of Prince George.

Despite the tragic event, the community has rallied around the two boys and their families, raising over $60,000 through online fundraisers. Both boys are described as taking the situation in stride, missing their friends but grateful for the support of their families. In addition to the financial support, people from Smithers have offered to bring supplies to the families, who have had to take leave from work to be with the teenagers.

Parker is known for his enthusiasm for snowboarding and skateboarding, while Urban is a standout basketball player. The traumatic event has also affected the school community, prompting the presence of counselors in the town’s schools to provide support for students and staff.

The Smithers RCMP is seeking witnesses to come forward as they investigate the explosion. Anyone with more information is asked to call them at 250-847-3233.