A 15-year-old Red Deer boy is in hospital with serious injuries to his face and right hand after a home-made bomb exploded while he was holding it.
RCMP, who are investigating the 9 p.m. Saturday explosion at an open field in Red Deer, say they believe the boy built the bomb after finding instructions on the Internet.
Three youths were playing with the bomb and had tried to light it several times. It exploded when the teen picked it up, said Red Deer RCMP Sgt. Bill Robinson.
"It sounded like it didn't go the first few times so the boy was holding it in his hand and trying to light it", said Robinson, adding the other two boys were unhurt in the blast.
Nobody else was in the park at the time, he said.
"It could have done a lot of damage if it had been in a crowded place", said Robinson. "But thank goodness it wasn't and only the boy holding it was injured."
The teen was taken to a Red Deer hospital and then transported to a Calgary hospital. Officials would not give his condition.
"He's going to make it but his father said he's in serious condition", said Robinson.
The bomb was made using an empty carbon dioxide canister filled with what was believed to be gunpowder, he said.
"It appears he got the plans to make the bomb off the Internet", said Robinson.
Police issued a warning that any attempt to assemble these types of devices could be life-threatening and should not be tried.