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Hollister Police charging teen with felonies after blowing off-hand with fireworks

HOLLISTER, Calif. (KION-TV) - UPDATE August 9, 2022, at 11:52 a.m.- Hollister Police said a 16-year-old will be charged with two felonies after severing his hand in a fireworks explosion Saturday in north Hollister.

Police said there was evidence the teen was manufacturing explosives with an intent to potentially sell them. They found a large number of fireworks, as well as gunpowder and other tools used in manufacturing fireworks, according to police.

The suspect will be charged with possession of destructive devices and manufacturing destructive devices once he is discharged from the hospital.

The suspect lived in the apartment with his brother and father. Police said the investigation is still ongoing, and the family could also potentially face charges.

Hollister police investigating explosion that injured teenager

A teenager was badly injured after an explosion in north Hollister on Saturday night.

Police said they were responding to reports of an explosion around 5:30 p.m. along Sierra Court.

It was there they discovered a juvenile with life-threatening injuries.

Police treated the victim for some time before the teen was flown to a trauma center for additional treatment.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad arriving at the scene of an explosion in Hollister (Hollister Police Dept.)

According to Hollister Police, the victim is expected to survive and is still receiving treatment.

As for the investigation, police said the home had multiple "homemade and improvised" explosives, with one unexpectedly exploding resulting in the traumatic injury.

Monterey County's Bomb Squad was called out for safe disposal of the additional explosives.

Hollister Police did not provide initial comment on any charges are to be filed.

After reaching out, investigators said they're still interviewing witnesses as to whether or not to file charges which may include child endangerment.

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