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1 injured in explosion at New River home

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1 person injured in explosion in New River. (Source: CBS 5 News) 1 person injured in explosion in New River. (Source: CBS 5 News)
MCSO is investigating the incident. (Source: Allyson Blair, cbs5az.com) MCSO is investigating the incident. (Source: Allyson Blair, cbs5az.com)

A man was severely hurt by an explosion late Monday afternoon in the backyard of a home in New River.

Maricopa County sheriff's officials say deputies responded to an injured-person call about 6:30 p.m. Monday at a home near 27th Avenue and New River.

Maricopa County's bomb squad and the FBI surrounded the ranch.

Jordan Perrin and his girlfriend Chelsie Garner were just about finished loading up the last of their stuff when they heard an explosion.

"It sounded like a gunshot right next to my ear," Perrin said. "It shook the whole house."

When Perrin walked outside to see what had happened, she said there was screaming and blood everywhere.

"He said he was just walking," Perrin said. "'I was walking,' that's all he said because I asked what happened and he said, 'I was just walking.'"

Aerial footage showed the victim being airlifted near two buildings that appeared to be a house and an outbuilding near Daisy Mountain.

Garner said the victim lost his left foot and right eye. He was in stable condition as of late Tuesday morning.

Garner said the victim was a friend of a friend who was helping them move.

Garner said she remembered a story her landlord told her about some folks who used to live on the property.

"The bomb squad was out there nine years ago investigating and removed all the bombs on the property and ammunition," Garner said. "They had military grade out there and they were blowing up the mountain so they removed everything, or so they thought."

Chuck Byers used to own the New River ranch and was accused of stockpiling explosives in the 1990s when a state task force removed close to 10,000 pounds of explosive chemicals from the property. Byers spent five years on probation.

Garner said her family opted to move out after finding out its history.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

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Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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