Homemade explosive device leaves firefighter injured

Homemade explosive device found in Jemez Mountains

SANTA FE (KRQE) – People near a popular camping and fishing spot in the Jemez were on edge Monday night after a firefighter was injured by a homemade explosive device in the forest.

That forest service firefighter was taken to UNM Hospital with injuries.

He was posting a sign near the turnoff for Fenton Lake when the explosion went off.

Investigators said it was a homemade explosive device in a glass jar with some sort of liquid in it.

Investigators are trying to figure out who put it there and why.

People in a nearby campground heard a loud explosion around 4 p.m. and, later on, heard the ambulance.

”I just heard a big explosion, a big bomb or something going off, I thought lightning had maybe struck a tree or something,” Twila Waggoner said. “I told my friends I think that sounds like a propane tank going off to me.”

The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, the state police bomb squad and ATF all responded to the scene and combed the area for any other devices and any clues to who put it there.

There haven’t been any reports of any other devices found in the area.

As a precaution, police visited nearby campgrounds and warned people to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

That federal firefighter, whose name has not been released, is from California.

He was there to fight the recent fire in the Jemez.

He is expected to be OK and was in good spirits Monday night.

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