Richmond man injured in home explosion

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RICHMOND, Cache County — A man is recovering from injuries after the black powder he was mixing for homemade fireworks ignited Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Cache County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an explosion at a home in Richmond about 7:30 p.m., according to a statement issued by the department Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office said Derek Parkinson, 47, was mixing the powder in his garage when it exploded for an unknown reason. Parkinson was taken to a hospital with injuries to his arm and face. His condition was not released.

A bomb crew also set off a controlled explosion to remove other firework materials around 2 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies said firefighters inspected the home and located a leaking propane tank, so residents inside the home were evacuated for the night.

The cause of the initial explosion remains under investigation.

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