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Reward Offered in Copper Theft That Led to Deadly Explosion

January 8, 2008

Earl and Hope Thelander

Reward Offered in Copper Theft that Led to Deadly Explosion

January 8, 2008 — The family of an 80-year-old Monona County man who died in an house explosion, is offering an award for information leading to the arrest of the person who started the gas leak.

Authorities say when urban miners stripped Earl Thelander’s home of copper piping, they started a gas leak. Thelander died when his house exploded from that leak. The Thelander family is now offering a $5,000 reward.

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