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W.V. man charged in bomb blast

MIDVALE -- A West Valley man who lost a thumb after a pipe bomb exploded in his hands now faces charges for building and accidentally discharging the illegal device.

The 23-year-old man was arrested at a closed Midvale business, 641 W. 6960 South, Thursday night on a warrant, Midvale Police Chief Gerald Maughan said. The bomb went off at the same location on May 27, but police didn't arrest the man then because of his injuries, Maughan said.The man was charged in 3rd District Court Thursday with one count of possession of an explosive device, a second-degree felony, and possession of explosive parts, a third-degree felony.

A witness told police that in the early morning hours of May 27 she heard an explosion and saw the man bleeding from injuries, notifying police of the medical emergency, according to charges filed.

A Midvale officer responding to the scene saw the man being loaded into an ambulance. The officer found the man's detached thumb, an exploded bomb and additional explosive components, the charges state.

The man's wife told police he had threatened her with the bomb, Maughan said.

Additional explosive components were located in the immediate vicinity of the device that exploded, the charges state.

The man also is facing charges of operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab in Salt Lake County, Maughan said.