Wisconsin man hospitalized after bomb explodes while he was making it

UPDATE: Authorities identified the man as 50-year-old Eric Schueller of St. Croix Falls, WI. 

Deputies in Polk County, Wisconsin responded to a call for a man that had “blown his hand off” while he was making the explosive Tuesday, according to a release. 

When police arrived at the Sterling Township residence, they found the man with the serious and life-threatening injuries to his hand and had burns to other parts of his body.

An air ambulance responded to the scene and took the man to Regions Hospital for care. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office does not know the man’s condition and did not identify him in a release Wednesday.

When they responded, deputies found chemicals inside the residence that they deemed suspicious. After securing the residence, the Marathon-Oneida County Bomb Squad was requested to assist in containing the explosives.

Bomb technicians told police there were chemicals located that could be mixed together to produce explosive material.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.