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Man hospitalized after explosion in Okfuskee County

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 20:22:44-05

OKFUSKEE COUNTY, Okla. — A man was taken to a hospital early Monday morning after an explosion in Okfuskee County, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

An ATF special agent said the man was severely injured and he was flown to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

When the man's mother and girlfriend show up at St. Francis to check him, Tulsa police said the girlfriend told officers that there may be explosives in his car of the hospital's parking lot.

The TPD Bomb Squad was then called in. Authorities said the bomb squad technicians found chemicals and what looked like a pipe bomb in the car. They safely removed it and then it was processed for evidence.

Upon further examination, police said the bomb technicians determined what was thought to be a pipe bomb was not an explosive hazard.

“No explosive devices were found in Tulsa. Only precursor chemicals to make homemade explosives as well as a metal pipe that was designed to be used as a pipe bomb,” said Lt. Jacob Thompson, commander of the Tulsa Police Bomb Squad.

Around 4 p.m., an AFT special agent said authorities found more dangerous explosives at his home in Henryetta, Okla. All explosives were safely removed from the home. There is no further danger to the public and residents were allowed back in their homes.

ATF will not be releasing his identity at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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