Man loses arm, 6-year-old girl hurt in homemade bomb explosion in Port Hadlock

Posted 6/16/21

A Port Hadlock man lost an arm and a 6-year-old girl sustained head injuries in an explosion Tuesday night in Port Hadlock, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Man loses arm, 6-year-old girl hurt in homemade bomb explosion in Port Hadlock

An aerial photo shows the blast scene in Port Hadlock that left two people with injuries after an explosion Tuesday night.
An aerial photo shows the blast scene in Port Hadlock that left two people with injuries after an explosion Tuesday night.
Photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
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A Port Hadlock man lost an arm and a 6-year-old girl sustained head injuries in an explosion Tuesday night in Port Hadlock, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives called to the scene of multiple explosions in the 700 block of Nesses Corner Road also found evidence of manufacturing explosives, including handmade pipe bombs and improvised devices.

The bombs and other material were found in an outbuilding on the property.

The sheriff’s office said 911 dispatchers received multiple calls about loud explosions just after 9:30 p.m. June 15, with people also reporting large flames and smoke.

Emergency dispatchers also received a call from someone who reported a man with a chest injury and fully amputated left arm.

Responding deputies and firefighters found a structure behind a home that was fully enveloped in fire.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy who was also trained as an EMT rendered aid to the man, who was bleeding from the wounds sustained from the blast. He was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

The 6-year-old girl was a grandchild of the man, and authorities said she sustained burns to her head. 

A search warrant was obtained and the FBI and Washington State Patrol bomb squad was called in to assist local detectives.

The sheriff’s office, in a post on social media, said charges were expected to be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office.

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