A boy is recovering after he suffered a severe hand injury while playing with an explosive device Tuesday night in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood.
Police officers were on patrol on G Street and Allegheny Avenue around 9:30 p.m. when they heard a loud explosion, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small sad. They ran to the scene and saw a 12-year-old boy running into a home on the 3100 block of Custer Street.
The officers then took the boy, who was suffering from severe injuries to his left hand, and his mother to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
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The boy was listed in critical but stable condition and is expected to survive.
Witnesses told NBC10 the boy was with other children and playing with an explosive device when it went off in his hand. Police have not yet determined the exact type of device it was but said it may have been an M-80 or a quarter stick of dynamite.
NBC10 later obtained surveillance video of the incident.