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Photos: Seffner home explosion sends 2 to the hospital

A resident had been reloading small arms ammunition near several pounds of smokeless powder at the time of the explosion, authorities said.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Oct. 7
Updated Oct. 8

Two adults were severely injured in a Seffner home explosion Thursday afternoon that authorities believe was caused by one of the residents reloading small arms ammunition near several pounds of smokeless powder, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

First responders received a call from a neighbor regarding an explosion at 3330 King Charles Circle around 4:19 p.m., according to a news release issued Friday.

They arrived at the scene about 10 minutes later and discovered that a man and a woman who had been inside the home had been helped out of the rubble by neighbors, the release said.

Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Both sustained substantial injuries and were taken to a local trauma center, authorities said. The man is in critical but stable condition, while the woman has been treated and released, according to Fire Rescue.

No other residents or animals were injured, officials said.

The man told Fire Rescue crews he had been reloading the ammunition near six or more pounds of smokeless powder when the explosion happened.

Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

“We quickly mobilized the most highly trained explosives experts in the region to ensure there was no greater risk to the community,” Dave Tucker, Fire Rescue’s lead fire investigator, said in the news release.

About 75 percent of the home was damaged in the explosion, and it was declared a total loss, the release said. No criminal charges are expected.

Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
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Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner.
Aftermath of a home where two people were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a portion of their home exploded. Pictured on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Seffner. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]