Man Hurt After Dead Vet's Belongings Explode

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    Investigators look into what caused an explosion in Delaware after a widow handed over some of her deceased husband's belongings. (Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013)

    A man is in the hospital after police say a device belonging to a dead Vietnam veteran exploded.

    Police say a woman was taking the belongings of her dead husband, a Vietnam Veteran, out of her home on Van Dyke Drive in New Castle, Delaware around 8 a.m. As the woman was cleaning, police say her neighbor, Bill Haley, 54, asked if he could have a few items.

    Police say the woman gave her neighbor an ammunition box containing explosive projectiles. After Haley opened the box, a device inside exploded, striking him with shrapnel.

    Haley was taken to Christiana Hospital where he is currently in stable condition. No one else was injured in the explosion though the entire neighborhood was evacuated as police and emergency crews investigated the scene. Police say the explosion caused around $500 in property damage.

    Residents have since been allowed back in their homes. Police say they found 12 additional explosive projectiles at the scene. No charges have been filed though police continue to investigate the incident.

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