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One of two men arrested after explosive incident in northern Utah

April 13, 2019 GMT

A Providence man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with an explosion that occurred in Providence, causing serious injury to another man.

Jeffrey R. Toombs, 21, was booked into the Cache County Jail and charged in 1st District Court with reckless endangerment and reckless control or possession of explosives, chemicals or incendiary devices.

Toombs and a friend were handling explosive materials at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when the components exploded in the garage of a home in the area of 125 North and 400 East in Providence, police said.

Toombs took his friend to the hospital with shrapnel wounds to his abdomen and injury to one of his hands. Hospital staff contacted police. Deputies who responded to the home in Providence found the explosives in the garage and contacted a local bomb team, who then contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, firearms and explosives and the FBI.

The incident, which led to the evacuation of several nearby homes, remains under investigation, so the FBI has not yet released additional information.