ATF: Parts of illegal fireworks found in St. Joseph house explosion

4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, July 05 2017 Jul 5, 2017 Wednesday, July 05, 2017 5:31:00 PM CDT July 05, 2017 in News
Source: St. Joseph News-Press
By: The Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says its investigators found components of illegal fireworks in the debris of a St. Joseph home that exploded July 4.

ATF spokesman John Ham says the evidence will be sent to an explosives laboratory for further evaluation.

St. Joseph police Capt. Jeff Wilson says a 53-year-old male was taken into custody after the explosion.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports several neighbors called 911 Tuesday morning after hearing a large explosion at the home.

Wilson said that two males and one female were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The house walls were blown out and the roof collapsed into the structure.

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