Man was reloading ammunition prior to Seffner house explosion, fire rescue says

Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An explosion that destroyed a Hillsborough County home and left two people injured was apparently caused by a man reloading ammunition in his home.

According to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, the man who is currently in critical condition was able to tell fire crews he was actively reloading small arms ammunition inside the house with around six pounds or more of smokeless powder near the area when the explosion took place just after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Terrah Haertling was just a few doors down inside her home with her children when she heard the explosion.

“This huge bang went off and my kids came running in to me and they didn’t know what was going on,” said Haertling.

She ran down the street in her bare feet to help.

“There was glass all over the street. The gentlemen inside was on the ground and he got up and when he got up he had some black on his stomach and some blood as well,” said Haertling.

Several neighbors reported smelling gunpowder in the air at the time of the explosion. Haertling says she was just concerned about her neighbor.

“I honestly hope that everything turns out fine. It was terrifying to see somebody so bloodied up and I know he was in shock,” said Haertling.

HCFR says the woman has since been treated and released from the hospital; while the man is in critical but stable condition.

No other nearby residents or animals were injured and investigators say no evidence discovered points towards criminal charges.

The residence was turned over to the homeowners and is a total loss.

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