PUYALLUP, Wash. – Authorities temporarily evacuated part of a Puyallup hospital and called in a bomb squad to search a vehicle after a man showed up in the emergency room with a severe hand injury apparently caused by an explosion on Sunday.
Puyallup Police Capt. Scott Engle said the 18-year-old man had a “history with explosive devices.”
Officials said the man’s truck in the parking lot had a caved-in driver’s side door and remnants of an explosive device inside, but there were no explosives found inside the vehicle. Police determined an explosive device had detonated either inside or near the vehicle before it arrived at the hospital.
The vehicle was expected to be towed Sunday afternoon once the investigation was complete at the scene.
Engle said a 24-year-old man, who was a passenger inside the car, was treated for internal injuries and then taken into custody.
The 18-year-old was taken to Harborview Medical Center for additional treatment, and was expected to be arrested there.
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