- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man was injured in an explosion after officials say he was trying to make his own fireworks over the July Fourth holiday.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/29kYXH4) the explosion happened Sunday afternoon in West Warwick.

The state Fire Marshal’s office says the Coventry resident was tampering with fireworks in a garage when it happened.

The man went to the hospital before officials arrived on the scene. His condition wasn’t immediately available on Monday. No other injuries were reported.

A bomb squad conducted a controlled explosion of the remaining fireworks after deeming them unsafe to dispose of or move from the scene. The garage sustained major structural damage as a result of both explosions.

Officials say the victim may face charges for tampering with the fireworks.

The investigation is ongoing.


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