Dry ice causes explosion in Long Island house

January 12, 2008 10:08:04 AM PST
Police responding to an explosion in the basement of a Long Island house discovered dry ice that had not been stored properly. A young woman in the Stony Brook house last night called police when she heard the blast, fearing someone had broken in.

Officers found broken glass and a damaged sheetrock wall along with the remnants of a cooler.

The owner of the home, Francisco Lopes - the woman's stepfather - works as a scientist at the SUNY Stony Brook Center for Molecular Medicine.

Lopes, who came home later last night, told police he had brought home some dry ice in a closed glass container to show his daughter, and left it in the basement.

No charges were filed against him.

Police say the explosion did not create any hazardous conditions.