The curiosity of a 14-year-old Taneytown boy who watched a television program on homemade explosives and pipe bombs landed the youth in the Raymond M. Curtis Hand Center in Baltimore with serious injuries to both hands.
Maryland Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the boy was in a storage shed in the rear of his home in the 2600 block of E. Mayberry Road about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday when the 4-inch pipe bomb he was making exploded in his left hand.
Mr. Thomas said the youth was experimenting with black powder stuffed into the 0.75-inch-wide pipe and was trying to crimp one end when the bomb detonated. The boy had manufactured two pipe bombs Tuesday and detonated them in a nearby field, he said.
Mr. Thomas said the boy ran to his house and called for help after the bomb exploded.
He was taken to the hand center at Union Memorial Hospital in a private vehicle, according to officials at the Emergency Operations Center.
He was admitted to the center with blast injuries to his left hand and burns to his right hand.
The extent of his injuries was not released. His name was not released because of his age.
Deputy Fire Marshal Ted Meninger, a bomb expert from Frederick County, searched for additional explosive materials.
Officials would not say whether related materials were found in the shed.
Mr. Thomas said the boy told investigators he recently watched an episode of the television show "48 Hours" that discussed homemade explosives and pipe bombs.
No one else was at the boy's home when the pipe bomb exploded, officials said.