The Akron man accused of making powerful explosives that seriously injured another Akron man is now out of jail and says he's not to blame for the incident.
NewsChannel 5 cameras caught up with 66-year-old Wayne Jones, who said he was shocked by what happened outside of his Grand Avenue home Monday night.
"I think they're blaming me for what happened to him, but he's a grown man. I didn't have anything to do with it," Jones explained.
Akron Police say Jones has been charged with illegal assembly of chemicals/explosives, possession of criminal tools, manufacturing explosives, and other charges. Jones posted a $5,000 bond.
34-year-old Kevin Skubic suffered injuries while loading fireworks into his truck in front of Jones' home.
He is currently being treated in the burn unit of Akron Children's Hospital as friends say he lost his left hand, may lose his right hand, sustained burns all over his body, and suffered eye damage.
Police were called to Jones' home after reports of a loud explosion. He then gave authorities consent to search his home where they found explosive materials, scales, and other related items.
Police and investigators said they believe Skubic left the home and was carrying a substantial amount of fireworks when the explosion occurred. However Jones says it was Skubic himself who made the explosives and he went to the house Monday night to pick up some fireworks he had stored there.
The blast has Skubic's friends upset and worried.
Brittany Goff, a friend of Skubic's says he's the father of two girls.
"I'm just worried about the youngest one. She might not get to play catch with her dad. It's just sad to me," Goff said.
Officers tell the TV station they don't know what set off the blast, but it shattered the windows of nearby homes and rattled neighbors.
Jones is set to appear before a magistrate July 19.
The incident is still under investigation.
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