Explosion From Making Explosives Sent Polk Co. Man To Hospital

On Tuesday, December fourth, at 8:15pm the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a male who received an injury to his hand.  It was reported that the male involved in this incident had “blown his hand off” while possibly making explosives.  Upon arrival to the rural Sterling Township residence, deputies found the male with injuries consistent with the information they had been given.  The male had serious and life-threatening injuries to his hand and the injuries appeared to be consistent with the manner of explosive contact.  The male also appeared to have burns to other parts of his body.  Due to the seriousness of the injuries, Cushing Fire and First Responders were called to the scene.  It was determined to summon Life Link air ambulance to report directly to the scene.  The male was later flown to the Regions Hospital for care for his injuries.  The male’s present medical condition is unknown. During the response, deputies identified chemicals inside the residence which were suspicious.  After securing the residence and surrounding area, the Marathon – Oneida County Bomb Squad was requested to assist in containing the explosives.  Bomb technicians stated there were chemicals located inside and outside of the residence that alone were stable, however when mixed together, would produce explosive material.  Bomb technicians collected the chemicals and processed the scene.  This matter will be further investigated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and assisting agencies.