Whitman County officials: blast rips off man's pants - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Whitman County officials: blast rips off man's pants

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - A man is recovering after being hurt in an explosion near Red Wolf Bridge in Whitman County. When deputies arrived Sunday they found 20 year-old Joseph Brice being treated for injuries he sustained when the homemade explosive device he was attempting to detonate went off prematurely.

Initial investigation indicates that Brice was attempting to detonate an unknown amount of tannerite, a consumer grade explosive commonly used for firearms targets, when the device went off. The blast ripped Brice's pants off and threw him to the ground. His most serious injuries were to his legs and buttocks. He was transported via ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital and then later airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital.

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