Explosions, regardless of their cause, can cause serious injury or even death. We may think that such incidents only happen in war zones or movies. Such events can happen anytime and anywhere. One such event unfolded on Friday, May 10th near the Denny’s restaurant located on Harbor Boulevard in Fullerton leaving one man seriously injured.
NBC in Los Angeles reported that police responded to the incident in 1100 block of South Harbor Boulevard just before 9:00 a.m. According to Fullerton Police Lieutenant Jon Radus, authorities initially thought that the cause of the blast was an electrical box.
Fullerton Police officers arrived at the scene to find a man with serious injuries to his face and hands; including the loss of some fingers. The unidentified 59-year-old male was taken to an area hospital for treatment for burns and other injuries. He is currently listed in serious condition but is expected to survive.
Explosives experts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated the scene of the blast. During the course of the investigation, the bomb squad found a second improvised explosive device (IED) and managed to deactivate it. As a precaution, businesses in the surrounding neighborhood were evacuated, and Harbor Boulevard between Southgate and Orangethorpe were shut down by police. The roadway was later reopened, and the area declared safe after the bomb was defused.
Fullerton police are likely to file charges against the 59-year old male.