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The impact not only sparked concern but a county-wide conversation. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The impact not only sparked concern but a county-wide conversation. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Gavin Ames (Source: Meade County Detention Center) Gavin Ames (Source: Meade County Detention Center)
Meade County Emergency Management Director Ron Dodson. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Meade County Emergency Management Director Ron Dodson. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

BRANDENBURG, KY (WAVE) - Throughout Brandenburg it has been the talk of the town: What shook the Doe Valley neighborhood Sunday night?

The mystery has been solved. Consequently, the culprit has also been charged.

Gavin Ames, 22, has been charged with wanton endangerment and use of explosives in connection to an Aug. 3 explosion that sent shock waves through his Doe Valley neighborhood and many surrounding portions of Meade County.

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From severe weather to upcoming events, Meade County Emergency Management Director Ron Dodson religiously turns to Facebook to update the county. Sunday night proved no different.

Moments after getting reports of an explosion in the county, Dodson took to his computer.

'We started police, fire and EMS in that direction," said Dodson. "I began posting there, as I always do, as to what was taking place and I immediately, you know, referenced the Monument Chemical Plant is not affected."

Instead, Dodson said calls from neighbors led first responders to a home on Morning Glory Road, tucked away inside the gated community of Doe Valley.

"No one was injured," said Dodson. "It didn't appear to be any property damage at which point EMS and fire kind of backed off and left it to law enforcement to conduct the investigation."

After being questioned by investigators, troopers arrested Gavin Ames, 22, on charges of wanton endangerment and use of explosives.

"This person had actually put together some explosives and detonated them with a firearm," said Dodson. "Apparently, when it was set off, the ground shook for about one mile in all directions."

The impact not only sparked concern but a county-wide conversation.

"There's been a big debate on Facebook," said Dodson. "There's certain advocates who feel like it's perfectly okay to blow up your own backyard if you want to even in a residential neighborhood but my big concern about that is the endangering of other people."

Dodson said it is that concern and a need for awareness that drives him to keep as many people in the loop as he can using social media in hopes of spreading safety by spreading the word.

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