OJAI — A bomb blew up outside a mobile home Tuesday afternoon, injuring a man who was handling the device, sheriff's deputies said.
Mark David Adams, 40, was injured in the blast, which occurred outside his mobile home in the 1000 block of Loma Drive. Neighbors said they have heard explosions coming from his house several times in recent months.
Adams' left hand was mangled in the 3:20 p.m. explosion, witnesses said. His thumb was nearly severed, and he suffered second- and third-degree burns to the chest, they said. Adams was taken to Ojai Valley Hospital, where a nursing supervisor declined to release his condition.
Firefighters who arrived moments after the explosion said they found Adams lying on the ground outside his mobile home. They evacuated three neighboring mobile homes, and called sheriff's deputies when they saw explosive devices.