Teenager Loses Hand in Explosion


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(JEFFERSON COUNTY, ID)  — A teenager’s hand was blown off in an explosion on Wednesday.   According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office,  two 14-year-old male juvenile’s found an explosive device, known as an ‘omniblast’, behind a granary Wednesday evening. While handling the device it exploded severing the boy’s left hand. Both youths had injuries from the blast.
The victim’s mother Tereasa May Wilkinson called the incident into Jefferson County 911 dispatch center.  Both victims were transported, one air lifted to EIRMC, and later that evening flown to Primary Children’s Hospital for further treatment. The other by ambulance to EIRMC,  and was treated and released.  Jefferson County Deputies, Jefferson QRU, Air Idaho, Idaho Falls Ambulance all were on the scene.   Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office /IFPD Bomb Squad assisted.

Sheriff Olsen advises residents if they find an object that looks like an explosive device, or something unusual, report it to the sheriff’s office.  The investigation is continuing on how the explosive device got there.

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