Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says the man told crews he was reloading “small arms ammunition” inside his home when the explosion happened. He added that there were about six pounds of smokeless powder in the house, as well.
As HCFR units arrived, they located two adult residents who were inside the home at the time of the blast and sustained significant injuries.
The man and woman were assisted out of the rubble by neighbors and both adults were transported emergency by HCFR to a local trauma facility.
✱The woman was treated and released from the hospital, while the man is in critical but stable condition.
✱The house is a total loss.
✱No charges have been filed.