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Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Orion Township — A 21-year-old man is recovering with a severe hand injury after a homemade explosive device blew up while he was handling it.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred at 1 p.m. Friday in the 4800 block of Joslyn Road. Authorities say the victim, a resident of Orion Township, was handling a homemade compressed air device in a 2-liter plastic bottle when it erupted.

Deputies also found three more compressed air devices in the backyard of the home, which deputies detonated with a shotgun. An uninjured 21-year-old Orion Township man said the devices were constructed for “entertainment” and expressed surprise the device was as explosive as it was.

The victim was initially transported to McLaren Oakland Hospital and then later transferred to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak for specialized treatment to his injured left hand.

The incident was reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Department for further investigation. The case will also be reviewed by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.

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