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Man dies in Ashtabula County garage explosion

A neighbor had told authorities the man was making explosives in his garage to sell so he could pay off a lawnmower.

ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio — A 55-year-old man has died after authorities say an improvised explosive device he was making exploded in his garage.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the scene in the 1300 block of Clay Street after they were notified of the situation by the Jefferson Fire Department.

“When deputies arrived on scene, the detached garage located behind the residence was burned to the ground and debris was scattered into the neighbor’s yard,” according to a press release from the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office. “A neighbor told deputies that the victim was making the explosives in his garage to sell so he could pay off a lawnmower he recently purchased.”

Both the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called to assist “due to the severity and nature of the incident.”

The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. His name has not yet been released.

No additional details were immediately available, but we will update this story if any more information is released.

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