UPDATE (7/10/22 3:20 p.m.) — Upstate Hospital tells NewsChannel 9 that Scott Dimond, the man arrested who police say caused an explosion and fire at Vinette Towers on Pond Street is in critical condition.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police have arrested a 38-year-old man they say caused an explosion and fire at Vinette Towers on Pond Street.

Firefighters, along with police and several ambulances, were called to the 153-unit building around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Investigators say Scott Dimond was making his own fireworks when he made an “apparent miscalculation” of chemicals, triggering an explosion and causing damage to his sixth floor apartment.

Dimond suffered burns to approximately 50% of his body and is being treated at Upstate University Hospital.

Dimond is expected to be charged with criminal possession of a weapon, arson, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Syracuse Police tell NewsChannel 9 at least one other person was taken to Upstate University Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Their name and condition have not been released.

Police say two to three other people were treated at the scene by first responders and released.

The Central & Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College for tenants affected by the explosion/fire.

Volunteers are providing water, snacks and immediate shelter to those in need.