Cops: Pa. man hurt by pipe bomb set at empty home

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man injured his head and hand when police say he set off a pipe bomb in an apparent attempt to destroy a vacant home next to his.

New Kensington Detective Lt. Jim Klein tells the Valley News Dispatch (http://bit.ly/15nfUZk ) the man set the bomb next to the other home’s natural gas meter. Police say a larger tragedy was averted because the gas had been turned off to the run-down, neighboring home, which is set for demolition by the city.

Police didn’t immediately release the man’s name. He was being taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of cuts to his head and hand.

Police were seeking a search warrant for the man’s home and a county bomb squad was being called in case any other dangerous devices or materials are found.

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Information from: Valley News Dispatch, http://www.valleynewsdispatch.com

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