Police: 1 of 2 boys injured in Oxford explosion lost hand in the incident

  • Two boys were injured in an explosion
  • One boy lost a hand
  • The explosion was caused by a modified pyrotechnic device, police say
  • The boys found the device in an alley

One of the 12-year-old boys injured when a device exploded in the 100 block of East Withrow Street in Oxford on Tuesday night lost a hand in the incident, according to Oxford police.

This news organization has the boy’s name but we are not publishing it at this time because of his age.

According to the Oxford police report, Oxford Police Officer Adam Price responded to the scene to assist medical units for a juvenile who had suffered trauma to the hand. Price found the boy being attended to by a nurse from the hospital and two males in the alley. He had lost a hand, according to the police report.

The nurse asked the officer for a tourniquet because she had made one out of a shirt. Price gave the nurse the tourniquet he carried on his service belt.

A second patient was already at the hospital and “said something about there was a cardboard box in the alley and that the boys said it blew up when they hit it with their bikes," the officer said in the report.

Investigators have determined that is not what happened because there was no damage to the bikes.

Specialist Mike Grimes, commander of the bomb squad, said the explosion was caused by a modified pyrotechnic device that one of the boys ignited.

Police and fire units were dispatched to the scene about 7:45 Tuesday night for traumatic injuries to the boys.

The boy who was seriously injured was flown by helicopter to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The other boy sustained minor injuries, was treated at McCullough-Hyde Hospital and later transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, according to Oxford police.

Multiple 911 calls were made from the scene. A male caller said there was a loud bang and there was a young kid “with blood all over him.”

He said he and others, including nurses from McCullough-Hyde Hospital, were with the boy.

Another woman sobbed, screaming, “no, no.”

She said, “a child has been badly injured.”

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