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Homemade explosive device kills Pearl River teen

UPDATE: THE ST. TAMAMNY PARISH CORONER'S OFFICE IDENTIFIES THE DECEASED AS THOMAS JAMES RINKUS, JR.

 

Pearl River, La. - A 19 year-old Pearl River man was killed Sunday and a 17 year-old was injured after a homemade explosive device they were constructing detonated unexpectedly, according to the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office.

Police say around 7:30 Sunday night, the Sheriff's office received a loud noise complaint from a resident in the 39000 block of St. Paul's Dr. in the Pearl River area. 

The caller reported hearing loud noises coming from a nearby residence. As the responding deputy was approaching the residence, he also reported hearing a loud explosion. 

Upon arrival, the deputy found a 19 year-old man dead on the ground near the device. A 17 year- old was inside the house and was injured. He was transported to an area hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Technicians with the Sheriff's office Hazardous Device Unit conducted a thorough search of the area and examined the device itself to ensure there was no remaining threat. The exact composition of the explosive materials has not yet been determined.

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