UPDATE: Police say one of the boys was working on a school science project involving model rocketry. The boy’s father, who was in the house at the time, told authorities that the boys “were apparently trying to start a fire in the fireplace and may have used some of the rocket fuel they had mixed up as a means of getting the fire going, 0r they were testing the mixture,” according to an update from Seattle police.
In the home’s living room, the Arson and Bomb Squad found “several completed homemade fireworks bottle rockets, small aerial display mortars and a skyrocket,” the police said. Investigators also found chemicals for mixing up pyrotechnic powders.
ORIGINAL POST: Two teenage boys — “apparently experimenting with explosive materials” in the living room of a North Seattle home — were hospitalized with serious injuries today after setting off an explosion, according to Seattle police.
The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m., Authorities received a 911 call of a loud explosion at the house in the 2200 block of North 106th Street. Seattle Fire and Police arrived a short time later and found the injured boys at the home.
“We transported two teenage boys in serious condition with burns and lacerations to Harborview (Medical Center)” Seattle Fire Lt. Sue Stangl said.
The explosion blew out several windows in the home, but did not start a fire, Stangl added.
Seattle police’s Arson & Bomb Unit are investigating the incident.
“According to officers on scene, there were other explosive materials found in the living room and it is unknown exactly what the teens were doing,” according to a Seattle police blotter.
A man was in a back room of the home when the explosion occurred and told police he had no idea what the teens were doing. He was not injured.
Police did not readily know what the man’s relationship was to the boys.