MCSO bomb squad to check New River home after 1 injured in explosion
Sheriff Joe Arpaio briefing the media about the explosion. Courtesy: @andrewfox10
NEW RIVER, Ariz. -
Authorities say a former military ordinance specialist has suffered a severe leg injury after an explosive went off in an unincorporated area north of Phoenix.
Maricopa County sheriff's officials say deputies responded to a call about an injured person around 6:30 p.m. Monday.
People in the area heard a huge boom sound and their home shook and they found their friend badly injured.
The people who live on the property just off of 27th Avenue tell us that their friend was helping them move when they heard that loud explosion and ran outside to help him.
The victim suffered extensive damage to his legs and was taken to an area hospital.
We've learned from MCSO that the property was used in the past for some kind of munitions testing.
"We sitting inside.. me and her were.. and we heard the explosion.. instantly, I felt like I was back in Iraq again. Same sound.. ran outside, saw him.. it was horrific," said Jordan Perrin, who knows the victim.
"We've been told by the landlord of the property that the previous owners.. like nine years ago.. had done ammunitions testing on the property and that the bomb squad had come out and swept the whole thing and everything was clear, but obviously not, "said Chelsea Garner.
"In the daytime, we'll have more light and we'll be looking into the area to see what caused this explosion, what type of device it was.. and see if it's left over from some other time or something new that occurred, so there's a lot of angles we have to look at," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sheriff's officials say the man has lost most of one leg due to the explosion.
The explosive involved was of military grade. The circumstances of why it went off aren't immediately clear.
The 49-year-old man's name hasn't been released, but sheriff's officials say they are familiar with him and deputies have visited his home multiple times on reports of disruptive behavior.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and MCSO previously visited the property back in 1997 when ATF agents executed a federal search warrant.
MCSO's bomb squad will check the property on Tuesday.
For safety reasons, MCSO decided not to send in the bomb squad while it was dark.
Video: FOX 10's Andrew Hasbun reports.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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