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Explosion in Moreno Valley leaves four people injured

Published On: Jan 22 2013 08:08:42 AM CST
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A 43-year-old man who was experimenting with  flammable substances was hospitalized with serious burns this morning after a blast in Moreno Valley that also injured three children, a sheriff's sergeant  said.

      Deputies and firefighters responded around 2:15 p.m. Monday to a report  of an explosion in the 10000 block of Via Pastoral, said Riverside County  sheriff's Sgt. Bob Epps.

      Upon arrival, they found a man, later identified as Joseph Patricko, 43,  of Monrovia, and three juveniles suffering from burns they sustained in an  explosion, Epps said.

      Patricko was taken to a regional burn center for treatment of severe  burns, and the children were taken to a hospital where they were treated for  moderate burns and released, Epps said.

      The Riverside County sheriff's Hazardous Device Team assisted in the  investigation and determined that Patricko "was experimenting with several  flammable substances in front of the juveniles when the explosion occurred,"  Epps said.

      Patricko will be booked on suspicion of child endangerment and illegally  disposing of hazardous materials, he said.

      Anyone with information about the case was urged to call sheriff's  Deputy Rafael Cuevas of the sheriff's Hazardous Device Team at (951) 955-1700.