A fiery explosion rocked a Connecticut town while police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured, officials said.
The officers suffered injuries that are not life-threatening in the blast at a barn behind the couple's home in Quinnipiac Avenue in North Haven on Wednesday night.
The woman – who reportedly filed for divorce from her husband last month - called police at around 2.30pm after being held hostage for several days, the Hartford Courant reports.
It led to police officers and a SWAT team descending on the property and working for several hours to coax the suspect, who had barricaded them in the home, to come outside.
During the stand-off, the barn - which may have been rigged to blow with booby traps - exploded at around 8.30pm, sparking a massive fire that spread to the house and injuring the officers at the scene.
The woman, who had been savagely beaten, was able to escape before the explosion occurred - but her estranged husband's fate remains unclear.
Police have yet to elaborate on what detonated or if the suspect had explosives inside the home. Neighbors told
that the man had bombs inside the home.
BREAKING: Big fire on Quinnipiac88 Ave in North Haven. Neighbors told me it was a hostage situation and said a man had bombs inside the home. Neighbors also say their entire house shook when the explosion happened.— Carmen Chau (@CChauFOX61) May 3, 2018
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A fiery explosion rocked a Connecticut town while police were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured
The officers suffered injuries that are not life-threatening in the blast at a barn behind the couple's home in Quinnipiac Avenue in North Haven on Wednesday night
Deputy Police Chief Jonathan Mulhern would not comment when asked early on Thursday if the suspect was in custody.
'This is still an active, ongoing scene,' Mulhern said. 'This is not a stable scene at this point.'
State police spokeswoman, Trooper Kelly Grant, said she believed the suspect was inside the barn when it exploded.
First Selectman Michael Freda said the wife escaped before the explosion.
Freda also said that the barn may have been rigged to explode with a number of booby traps.
'It sounds like it was a booby-trap type of explosion,' Freda told the Hartford Courant.
The woman – who