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Man blows himself up at Costa Mesa home, police say

April 15, 2013|By KTLA

An investigation is underway in Costa Mesa after a man blew himself up inside his home in an apparent suicide, police said.

The incident began Sunday evening, when neighbors said the man who owned the home in the 3100 block of Bermuda Drive was laying down on his front lawn, KTLA reported. An ambulance was called, but the man refused to go to the hospital and instead went back to the house, officials said.

About an hour or two later, between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., there was an explosion, police said.

Emergency workers found the man lying in the doorway, police said. Authorities later said he had blown himself up with some sort of homemade explosive device.

There were multiple agencies taking part in the investigation at the scene, including the FBI, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Fire Authority, the Costa Mesa fire and police departments and a Huntington Beach hazardous materials team. Investigators said they were combing through the home for other possible explosives.

As many as 16 nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution, police said.

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