Friday, July 19, 2013

Tribune: Pipe Bomb Blast Severely Injuries Idaho Man

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

A Moscow man suffered severe injuries July 17, when a homemade pipe bomb exploded in his hand.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the 22-year-old unidentified man was handling a makeshift firecracker crafted from PVC pipe and gunpowder, hoping to videotape the incident with his brother. But as soon as the device was lit, it detonated in the victim's hand. The explosion was also strong enough to cause damage to the men's nearby vehicle, but the brother rushed the victim to Moscow's Gritman Medical Center in the damaged car.

"He's a very lucky man that he didn't sustain any more serious injuries than he did," Latah County Sheriff's Lt. Brannon Jordan told the Tribune. "I'm sure the injuries he has sustained will stay with him for the rest of his life."

Jordan said law enforcement wasn't sure yet if the victim had lost any fingers, or even the use of his hand, but their investigation is continuing. Construction of a destructive device, such as a pipe bomb, can lead to felony charges.

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