The power outage left her home dark and hard manage. The 30-year-old mother of two children had just returned to her house after a trip to Home Depot to buy lighting, but it was closed.
That’s when she remembered that there were “candles” left in her home’s basement by the previous occupants. The young mother had purchased the home two years prior, according to the Harford Courant.
After going to the basement to retrieve what she thought were candles, she lit one of them and moments later was left with severe injuries. After the explosion, she found out that the “candles” were in fact dynamite.
This “tragic accident” unfolded on Lindley Street in Hartford at about 9:20 p.m., just after thunderstorms had knocked out power to homes in the Bridgeport area, according to CBS news.
The woman actually lit a quarter-stick of dynamite and the explosion caused injuries to one of her hands so severe that they may lead to her losing multiple fingers. Her face was also injured and she was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The Connecticut State Police’s bomb squad came to the scene along with state troopers, the state Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, and Bridgeport’s police and fire departments. A further investigation is now underway. A search uncovered another explosive, and it was detonated.
No members of the family will face charges because they were not aware that they had explosives in their home, the Courant reported.
Residents were reminded to keep backup lighting in their home in case the electricity should go out.
No doubt this tragic event will also cause many people to thoroughly investigate any leftover items that could potentially cause an explosion and lead to serious injury.
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