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Explosive Device Kills Spokane Man At House Party

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CHATTAROY, Wash. -  A 28-year-old Spokane man died Saturday evening when an apparent homemade explosive detonated during a Halloween costume party in the Chattaroy area.

Deputies received a 911 call of a blast and injured man about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.  They found the victim in the driveway of a home in the 3100 block of East Denison-Chattaroy Road.

Fire department paramedics attempted to save the victim, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to witnesses, a Halloween party was underway that had been moved from last weekend so that it didn't interfere with high school football games and up to 45 people were attending.

Someone reportedly brought the homemade explosives to the party and the fuse on one had been lit in the driveway.  When the device had not exploded after two or three minutes, the victim walked over to it and it detonated.

The victim staggered back toward the house and fell.  Witnesses said some of the partiers close by thought he was pretending to be injured in the spirit of Halloween.  When they discovered he was gravely injured, they called 911.

The first deputies to arrive saw what they believed were additional explosive devices near the victim's body, so a Spokane Police team of explosives disposal experts was called to the scene.  Witnesses, family members and deputies were evacuated from the property while they cleared the yard of any suspected devices or explosives-making materials.

Afterward, detectives moved in to begin their investigation of the crime scene.  They were still at the scene at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and expected to be at the home through most of the night.

Immediately after the blast, many partygoers left the scene.  Only 15 or so remained at the home for deputies to interview, and investigators are hopeful those who left prior to police arriving will call Crime Check at 456-2233 to give their names and contact information.

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