Sheriff's deputies say man was injured while throwing explosives into pond near Graham

Staff writerOctober 8, 2013 

A 56-year-old transient man was hurt Tuesday in Graham when one of the pipe bomb-like devices he was throwing into a pond went off in his hand, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Deputies were called about 12:45 p.m. to a property near Meridian Avenue East and 208th Street Court East, where the man had lost several fingers and injured his face and eyes, Troyer said.

The injuries were not expected to be life-threatening, Troyer said.

The man had gone to the residence to buy tires from an acquaintance, who called 911 when the bomb went off, Troyer said.

The devices, called “crickets,” were like large carbon dioxide cartridges modified to work like pipe bombs, investigators said.

The bomb squad was called to the scene when deputies found a bloody hand print on the trunk of the injured man’s car, and believed he might have tried to get into the trunk after the injury to hide or get to other devices, Troyer said.

The explosive experts found three devices in the trunk, and two in the passenger area of the car. They also found handguns.

They cleared the area after rendering the devices safe.

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