Cause of KC house explosion may be fireworks

This photo released May 1, 2013 by the U.S. Attorney's office in a federal criminal complaint, shows fireworks, which the complaint said federal agents recovered from inside a backpack belonging to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaeva, found in a landfill in New Bedford, Mass. Three men who attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with Tsarnaeva, were charged Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in connection with the case. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Investigators looking into a powerful explosion at a house in Kansas City say they suspect fireworks production as the cause.

The blast Wednesday morning knocked the house in southeast Kansas City off its foundation and sent four people to hospitals, including a 52-year-old man who lost both legs and an arm.

KCTV reports ( ) part of the home had to be demolished before agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could safely get inside.

The investigators said Friday they found evidence that led them to believe someone was illegally making fireworks in the basement. The ATF has referred the case to the U.S. attorney’s office for determination of any criminal charges.

Two of four dogs that were also in the house at the time were killed.

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