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PROVIDENCE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A second suspect has been booked into jail in connection with an explosion at a home in Providence last week.

According to arresting documents, Joshua Daniel Keith, 22, and Jeffrey Randy Toombs, 21, of Providence went to an emergency room at a hospital in Logan with shrapnel wounds. 

Documents further stated when officers arrived at the hospital, they interviewed Toombs who had received minor injuries during the incident.

Toombs told officers Keith was manufacturing a homemade “blasting cap” at Toombs’ residence in Providence and that both he and Keith had an ATF license to manufacture explosives.

As they were packing the explosive into a shell casing, the device unintentionally detonated while in the garage.

Keith received serious injuries to his hand, torso and eye and underwent emergency surgery that night, documents state. 

Cache County deputies responded to the home where they found a workbench inside a garage attached to the home. They also found a bottle of Hexamethylene Triperoxide Diamine (HMTD), which is a primary explosive used in blasting caps.

The explosive was not stored in an area required by federal regulation and the amount of explosive was enough to cause substantial injury or death, document state.

According to the documents, deputies also found a shell casing on the floor that had been ruptured in a way consistent with an explosion.

The explosive was located approximately ten feet from a residential room occupied by family members including children.

Toombs said he assisted Keith with buying and transporting the explosive materials from Salt Lake City, documents stated. 

According to documents, the ATF license allows manufactures to mix explosive materials and are typically used for blasting activities.

The ATF license does not however allow manufacturers to make destructive devices by placing explosive material inside a container.

“Joshua Keith and Jeffery Toombs went beyond manufacturing an explosive by packing the explosive into a container, ie: a shell casing, causing it to become a destructive device,” said the report. 

“Manufacturing a destructive device in close proximity to other individuals inside a residence was in disregard for a substantial and unjustifiable risk to those individuals. This risk is a gross deviation from common practices or standard of care in manufacturing explosives.”

Bomb Technicians have determined this device to be a destructive device, documents state. 

Toombs was arrested and booked into the Cache Count Jail on two counts of possession or removal of an explosive device, a second-degree felony, and reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.

Keith was booked into the Cache County Jail on Friday. He is facing charges of second-degree felony possession of an explosive device and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. 

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