A Sandy man was charged Friday for using explosives, a first-degree felony, after investigators concluded a June 11 house fire that critically injured him was the result of a bomb he built.
Stephen K. Bailey was in his room when a homemade bomb exploded and ignited his father's house, 11566 S. 1320 East, according to court documents.Firefighters arrived to find the house filled with fire, and the debris from the explosion made it difficult for them to reach Bailey.
Bailey was airlifted to University Hospital with severe smoke inhalation and second-degree burns all over his body. Damage to the house was estimated at $150,000.
Bailey was an explosive ordinance expert in the U.S. Army and is believed to have detonated the bomb himself. Bail was set at $30,000.