Father speaks only to Action News about son caught in store explosion while at a stop light

Store explosion tossed his Ford Escape in the air

WAYNE, Mich. (WXYZ) - There are lacerations all over his face. He's taking strong painkillers and may have an ruptured eardrum.

Now, after surgery to remove glass and debris from his veins and arteries, 32-year-old Matthew Newport is on the mend.  The Wayne man was sitting at a stop light on Wayne Road directly across from the William C. Franks Furniture Store on Wayne Road at about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday when it exploded.

Matt, a newlywed of one year, was on a coffee and donut run for he and his wife Megan when in a split second, the building exploded sending his Ford Escape up to 8 feet in the air. He landed in the left hand turn lane of Wayne Road.

Matt was rushed to Annapolis Hospital "they did surgery on his neck this afternoon and took out glass and debris that had embedded itself close the the veins and arteries" says his father Tom who spoke only to Action News. 

While Matt heals, Tom Newport made it a point to show support for all other families affected "We're still concerned about the people who have been hurt in this.  We just hope and pray they are OK."

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