Explosives found in home where man lost hand

by The Associated Press
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REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Shasta County’s sheriff says bomb technicians found 40 pounds of explosives at the home of a Redding man whose hand was severed during an explosion and that authorities still want neighbors within a 1,000-foot radius to evacuate.

The Record Searchlight in Redding reported that some of the materials viewed through a bomb robot are considered so unstable that deputies have not been able to enter the home.

Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Saturday they are so sensitive that even a light touch could cause them to detonate.

Officials learned about the cache Thursday following an explosion and flash fire at the home of 63-year-old D. Ray East. The Record Searchlight says East lost most of his hand and suffered other injuries from the blast, but is expected to survive.

The sheriff says there is no evidence suggesting a terrorist link.

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