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Child Killed In Explosion Set Bomb Afire, Witness Says

October 4, 1988

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ A 9-year-old boy killed by a pipe bomb explosion had tried to set fire to the device as many as six times before it blew up, says one of the five children injured in the blast.

Authorites were still searching for clues to the origin of the bomb and how the children obtained it.

Max Herrera and two other boys rolled paper around the bomb Sunday and used matches to set fire to the paper, said Jael Zamora, 11.

″At first, just smoke and a little flames came up,″ she said. ″But they kept doing it.″

When they ran out of matches, Max sent his 4-year-old sister, Irena, who also was injured, to their house to get a lighter, Jael said.

After giving up on the paper and stepped on it to put out the flames, the boys shook the bomb to get powder out of it, she said.

″The last time he lit it, they poured black powder on the flames and it exploded,″ Jael said. ″When my parents heard the explosion, they ran out of the house.″

Lou Iliano, agent of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said some of those involved in the explosion cannot remember where the bomb came from.

Three children remained hospitalized today, two in good condition and one in serious condition.