[UPDATE] Explosion Sends Boy to Hospital

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

On Friday, Officers responded to Riverside Haircuts on Faceville Highway in reference to an explosion .... an explosion responsible for injuring 11-year-old TJ Andrews.

"I'm very concerned he's an 11-year-old child I loved him like he was my own family," said friend of family Janie Hatton.

Our partners at bainbridgega.com said multiple units urgently responded to reports that a youth's hand had been blown off.

"Some people say that the little boy was trying to he sat a firecracker on fire .. he was trying to burn a firecracker and it exploded in his hand," said Bainbridge resident Melissa Register.

Officers said an investigation is still being conducted and that remnants of what appeared to be a firecracker and a cigarette lighter were both found in the area but no conclusions are being made at this time.

"Friday afternoon when we come back home me and my husband were talking about what's going on ... we see a lot of police car, fire truck and ambulance," Elizabeth Narilaesu.

WCTV reached out to Andrews' family who declined to comment however we did run into a family friend who says she spoke with the family shortly after the incident.

"Last time I spoke with them was Saturday .. he was at Tampa General and he's doing pretty good."

Our partners at bainbridgega.com also tell us that the explosion occurred in a small kitchen area in the business. TJ's grandmother and mother were at the shop working at the time of the explosion.

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Our partners at bainbridgega.com said T-J Andrews' hand was severely injured Friday afternoon.

The explosion happened at Riverside Haircuts on Faceville Highway... where the boy's mother was working at the time of the incident.

Officers said they thought it was a gas explosion but that was ruled out because no gas runs to the building.

However, officers say a very large firecracker and a cigarette lighter were found in the area.

"All I know is I'm getting a haircut and it's an explosion in the back room and it blows the back door off and Marta's grandson's hand is badly injured," said City Administrator Tom Patton.

Officers said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


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