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Moving Jeep explodes in eastern Washington city

Updated Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 | 10:33 a.m.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An explosion in a moving Jeep scattered debris over a half-block area of an eastern Washington city and severely injured the man inside, and police say more explosives were found in the vehicle.

Spokane police say witnesses reported a flash of light and explosion just after 1 a.m. Saturday from inside the vehicle, which then left the roadway and came to a stop. Officers found the driver with a severe hand injury. They applied tourniquets and took the man to a hospital, where staff said the first aid likely saved his life.

Police cordoned off streets in the area due to the possibility there might be explosives in the Jeep. Additional explosives were found inside, and a bomb squad was on scene until 7 a.m. defusing them.

Federal authorities have taken over the investigation.