The Daily World, Aberdeen
Three people were injured, including a 4-year-old girl, after an Aberdeen man allegedly poured gunpowder on a roll of toilet paper and lit it on fire at a house on Coolidge Road on Monday evening, causing a small explosion.
Grays Harbor Community Hospital employees tipped off Aberdeen police around 6 p.m. Monday after the 26-year-old man, and his girlfriend, 21, were there being treated for burns. Police went to the scene to look for the child, the woman’s niece, but were told she had been taken to the hospital, according to Sgt. Art Laur.
While at the home in the 1600 block of Coolidge Road, officers found a roll of toilet paper smoking on the pavement behind the house and a severely charred tank top, Laur said. Officers learned the man had allegedly placed the toilet paper on the ground and poured black powder, or gunpowder, on it, Laur said. “He then lit a fuse which he had attached to the paper, causing the powder to smoke and flash,” Laur said.
He then reportedly tried it again, pouring more black powder on top and “it exploded,” Laur reported.
The child had burns on her upper chest and shoulder. The man had burns on his hand and leg. The woman was burned on both legs, her abdomen and her arm. The woman and her niece were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where they were listed in satisfactory condition, Laur said. The man was also taken there by a friend and was treated and released.