PROVIDENCE, Cache County — A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with a homemade explosive that went off at a northern Utah home.
Jeffrey Randy Toombs, of Providence, Cache County, was charged Thursday morning in 1st District Court with two counts of recklessness using an incendiary device, a second-degree felony, and reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.
An initial court appearance was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Thursday.
Local and federal authorities went to Toombs' house, near 400 E. 100 South, on Wednesday on a report of a man who was making an explosive with a rifle cartridge, when the explosive went off in his hand, Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Doyle Peck said. The explosion sent shrapnel into his stomach, hands and face.
The man had a license with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for explosives, Peck said.
A friend of the man, who was in the garage at the time, drove him to a hospital where he had surgery for his injuries, which were not life-threatening, Peck said.
ATF bomb crews and the FBI responded and detonated materials in the backyard of the home, Peck said.
The Center for Creativity, Innovation and Discovery Charter School, 170 Spring Creek Parkway in Providence, is closed Thursday as a precaution while the investigations continues, according to a news release.