Teen loses most of her foot in explosion at East Germantown home

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Twice in a 24-hour period, a young person in Philadelphia has been seriously hurt by an explosive device. The latest case is a 16-year-old who lost most of her foot.

Police say shorly before 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, there was an explosion on the second floor of an East Germentown home on Blakemore Street, between Chelten Avenue and Wister Street. The girl was there with two other teens.

“Some sort of powerful explosive device,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small. “It’s not commercial fireworks. It is illegal to possess something that is so powerful.”

The blast punched a hole in the ceiling, Small said. Neighbors ran out to see what was happening.

“It felt like an big explosion, like a shotgun,” Nasyr Jackson-Funches told NBC 10. “I got up out the house, and I saw her foot was missing, and I was like, ‘Oh, what happened?’ And they were like, ‘It was a firecracker.’ And everybody was panicking.”

The girl was taken to Einstein Medical Center for treatment. Police are investigating the incident, and are interviewing the people who were with the girl at the time. 

This happened about 24 hours after an explosive went off while a 12-year-old boy in Kensington was holding it. He suffered severe injuries to his left hand.