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Man loses hand from New Year's explosion

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BATON ROUGE - Three people were injured when a pipe loaded with gun powder exploded on New Year's Day around 1:20 a.m.

It happened at 9283 Highland Rd. after a firework display during a New Years party.

According to the police report, 27-year-old Jesse Jenkins and 34-year-old Mike Anderson "had decided to make some additional fireworks from materials available at the house." 

After several "successful" explosions, "they were in the process of tamping down some gunpowder in a metal tube when it ignited/exploded."

Jenkins sustained significant injuries. The blast blew off his left hand and several fingers on his right hand along with sending shrapnel through his upper chest, neck and face.

Anderson was also burned and had shrapnel wounds to his leg, and a woman, 23-year-old Victoria Craig, was also brought to the hospital with minor burns and scratches.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department, EMS, Baton Rouge Police and the bomb squad responded and found the device on the back patio.

The fire department treated the victims at the scene before they were transported.

Baton Rouge Police said no citations were issued, and no charges are pending at this time.

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