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Man hospitalized after an explosion at a Valencia Park home

Posted at 11:35 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 10:03:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A man was injured at a Valencia Park home after a small explosion that police say could be drug-related.

San Diego Police responded to a home on the 700 block of Valencia Parkway and transported a 38-year-old man to the hospital. According to police, it appeared he was holding an object that exploded, causing shrapnel-type injuries to his face, chest, and arm.

San Diego Fire-Rescue's Hazardous Materials team and a bomb squad were called to the scene. An investigation is ongoing as to what caused the explosion.

Police said there was some evidence of materials that might be related to the manufacturing of narcotics found in the home, but could not confirm that was the cause of the blast.

Police say it happened in the backyard area of the home. The man was alone at the time, though two children live in the house. Police did not clarify the man's relationship with the kids.

The man has not been identified. He's expected to survive.

No arrests were made.