Man loses hands in explosion at Hyde Park apartment
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Authorities say a man mixing chemicals in his Hyde Park apartment lost both of his hands and eight people were rushed to the hospital, when the chemicals exploded and caused a fire that was quickly extinguished.
His roommate was also hospitalized with respiratory issues and several others were treated at the scene.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the explosion at about 9 a.m. Friday in a basement apartment in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood was not drug or terrorism related.
Davis says the victim told police he was "experimenting." The man in his late 30s or early 40s also had respiratory issues when he was taken to the hospital. His name was not made public.
There were several unknown chemicals in the apartment, including one Davis described as a white powder.
He said air tests in the area showed no threat to public health. People living in the building were evacuated and a decontamination truck was also on scene.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.