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.