LPD: Improvised explosive device injures 3 at Lexington home

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three people were injured Friday morning when a device exploded at a Lexington home.

According to the Lexington Police Department, a man was at an estate sale at a home on Nakomi Drive when he picked up what he thought was a lighter and it exploded when he tried to use it.

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The 33-year-old man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries to his hand and upper body.

Another man suffered a laceration to his leg and a woman suffered concussive-like injuries.

According to police, it was later determined the item the man picked up was an improvised explosive device that was constructed out of a lighter.



Police say the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Kentucky State Police, Lexington Emergency Management, and the Red Cross all responded to the scene.

Two nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The Lexington Police Hazardous Devices Unit and Division of Fire Hazmat Team identified other explosive devices on the property and say they were safely detonated in a Total Containment Vessel.

Investigators say the homeowner, who passed away earlier this month, was an explosives hobbyist.

They say it does not appear the homeowner intentionally set or hid explosive devices and no criminal charges are expected to filed.