Tacna man playing with pipe bomb loses leg

Tacna man playing with pipe bomb loses leg

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Yuma--Yuma County Sheriff's said a 31-year old man in Tacna was playing with an Improvised Explosive Device when it exploded and blew his leg off.

Deputies tell News 13 they are still trying to figure out why Kobey Coulter was playing with a home-made explosive device.

They do not believe he was trying to use the bomb to hurt anyone else.

Yuma County Sheriff deputies responded to a call of a bomb explosion Tuesday night around 8:15.

The bomb went off outside a house on East County 8th street in Tacna.

When deputies arrived they said they found Coulter with severe leg injuries.

Deputies also said an IED similar to a pipe bomb had exploded on Coulter.

On Wednesday, deputies said they got a search warrant to go inside of Coulter's house.

That's when they found another home-made bomb inside of a shipping container.

Deputies also found more materials to make more IEDs.

KSWT spoke to one man who lives near Coulter and said he didn't expect to hear a bomb go off in his area.

"I did hear a "Ka-Boom" which I thought was a shotgun or a propane blast," Everett Batton said. "Then I heard what appeared to be a male voice yelling for the next couple of minutes or so until the ambulance showed up."

Deputies said Coulter was airlifted to Saint Joseph's hospital in Phoenix.

Deputies said they'll review the case to consider charging Coulter for illegally making a bomb.

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