Explosion kills man at California home
by Associated Press Wire
April 15, 2013 01:55 PM | 714 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An investigator sprays on a bag containing a bottle collected from a home in Costa Mesa, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2013. A man was blown up in the home Sunday evening and at least 16 neighbors were evacuated as authorities found and destroyed other explosive devices, police said Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
An investigator sprays on a bag containing a bottle collected from a home in Costa Mesa, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2013. A man was blown up in the home Sunday evening and at least 16 neighbors were evacuated as authorities found and destroyed other explosive devices, police said Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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An FBI agent enters a home with an empty plastic bag in Costa Mesa, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2013. A man was blown up in his California home Sunday night and at least 16 neighbors were evacuated as authorities found and destroyed other explosive devices, police said Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
An FBI agent enters a home with an empty plastic bag in Costa Mesa, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2013. A man was blown up in his California home Sunday night and at least 16 neighbors were evacuated as authorities found and destroyed other explosive devices, police said Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A man was blown up in his California home and at least 16 neighbors were evacuated as authorities found and destroyed other explosive devices, police said Monday.

A bomb squad descended on a quiet street of ranch homes in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa after the 52-year-old man died in a Sunday night blast.

An ambulance had been called about 90 minutes earlier when neighbors saw the man lying on his front lawn and he refused offers of help.

Police were called about 7:30 p.m. after neighbors heard the explosion, and the man was found dead at his home.

Police suspect he was killed by some sort of homemade explosive.

At least two other explosive devices were later found at the home, police Sgt. Jerry Hildeman said.

Neighbors from surrounding homes were evacuated and remained out of their homes Monday morning. They will be allowed to return when the house is declared safe, police said.

The FBI, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad and other agencies responded to the scene.

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