Akron: Fireworks possible cause of explosion

1:16 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- An Akron man is in extremely critical condition after homemade fireworks suddenly exploded in his hands.

The explosion happened outside of a home on the 300-block of Grand Avenue in West Akron Monday night. Neighbors say it sounded like a bomb went off. The blast was so powerful, it shattered the windows of at least 2 neighboring homes, and blasted the windshield and front cab of a pickup truck parked in the driveway.

Police say 34-year old Kevin Skubic has just purchased homemade fireworks from the homeowner, 65-year old Wayne Jones. Skubic was carrying the fireworks to his pickup truck, when they suddenly detonated.

Skubic lost an arm in the blast, and police say, he is at risk of losing his other arm, along with an eye. He is also suffering from severe burns, and was transferred to Akron Children's Hospital's burn unit Tuesday evening.

Police arrested Jones and charged him with manufacturing explosives, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance, illegal assembly of chemicals/explosives, and possession of criminal tools. Jones will have his first court hearing Wednesday morning in Akron Municipal Court.

Police still don't know why the fireworks exploded. Skubic's girlfriend had been smoking in the minutes before the blast. Police are also considering whether static electricity may be a cause.

No one else was injured, despite the fact that several boys were playing basketball just a few feet away, when the blast occurred.

Jones may face more charges, depending on Skubic's recovery.


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