Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Tampa man blows off fingers with homemade fireworks

TAMPA — A man may face criminal charges after a homemade explosive detonated Tuesday afternoon, taking off two of his fingers, authorities said.

James Lee Minyard, 41, called 911 about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday to report he "blew two of his fingers off with fireworks," according to Tampa police. Minyard, who lives at 1212 E Crawford St., was found by authorities nearby in the 900 block of E Sligh Avenue. His left middle and ring fingers were missing, and he had black residue on his hand, police said.

Tampa Fire Rescue took Minyard to Tampa General Hospital, where he underwent surgery Tuesday evening.

Tampa's bomb squad responded to remove the rest of Minyard's homemade fireworks. Once he gets out of surgery, police plan to interview him to determine what his intentions with the explosives were, said Tampa police Lt. Mark Scott.

"They were not like something you would buy in a store," Scott said. "This was something that he made."

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