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Bomb squad agent still critical, other recuperating at home

August 7, 2019
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This booking photo released by the Sampson County, North Carolina, Sheriff's Office shows Jimmy Tyndall, 33, of Dunn, N.C., who's charged with possessing methamphetamine and weapons of mass destruction, among other charges. Deputies say in a news release that Tyndall was arrested during a traffic stop on July 25, 2019 and an explosion during a subsequent search of his property injured two bomb squad agents. (Sampson County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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This booking photo released by the Sampson County, North Carolina, Sheriff's Office shows Jimmy Tyndall, 33, of Dunn, N.C., who's charged with possessing methamphetamine and weapons of mass destruction, among other charges. Deputies say in a news release that Tyndall was arrested during a traffic stop on July 25, 2019 and an explosion during a subsequent search of his property injured two bomb squad agents. (Sampson County Sheriff's Office via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One North Carolina bomb squad agent is home but another remains in critical condition more than a week after bomb-making materials blew up at the home of a man stopped with homemade explosives in his car.

The State Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that agent Tim Luper was discharged from a hospital on Saturday and is recovering at home. The agency says Special Agent Brian Joy remains in critical condition at a Chapel Hill specialty burn treatment center with third-degree burns.

The agents were helping local law enforcement in a rural area southeast of Raleigh on July 26. Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said the agents were gathering explosive materials taken from the suspect Jimmy Tyndall’s house in Dunn into a pile for disposal when a spark ignited one of the chemicals.

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