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Explosion rocks Nevada County residence. Was man handling illegal fireworks?

Sacramento police Sgt. Mark Harri shows illegal fireworks during a press conference at city Fire Station 19 in Sacramento on June 26, 2013.
Sacramento police Sgt. Mark Harri shows illegal fireworks during a press conference at city Fire Station 19 in Sacramento on June 26, 2013. Sacramento Bee file

A 57-year-old man was taken to a hospital after suffering severe burns after an explosion of suspected illegal fireworks, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The blast took place on Aug 20 in the Chicago Park area of Nevada County.

The explosion victim suffered burns to his face and upper torso when Cal Fire arrived at his residence in the 12000 block of Old Stagecoach Road.

Investigators believe that the victim was handling a live ordnance when the device exploded in the first floor of his two-story residence. According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the victim is expected to survive.

After the explosion, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit searched the property to find materials used for manufacturing illegal fireworks. The Placer County Sheriff’s Explosives Ordnance Detail and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office Arson and Bomb Task also responded to the scene to determine the level of danger to the public after the explosion.

They found that the chemicals present were dangerous, and the decision to destroy the items in place was made. Most of the materials found were chemicals and hardware to make the fireworks.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said that it is likely that a case will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office concerning the fireworks.

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