Man Loses Hand After Explosion

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

November 23, 2005

A firefighter from Albemarle County was seriously injured this evening after a container that he was holding exploded in his hand.

Albemarle County Police responded to a call for an assault with a weapon around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Woodridge.

When officers arrived at the location in the 5800 block of Jefferson Mills Road, they realized there was some type of explosion, and notified the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Albemarle County Police said the explosion was caused by a device containing gunpowder.

The man holding the container injured his hand as a result, and was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center. The injuries were so serious that the man's right hand may need to be amputated.

Fire Chief Tim Cersley, of the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Company, confirmed the man as a firefighter with his company.

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