Fireworks blamed for blast that killed 1 in Oregon building

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Posted: Jul 24, 2015 6:22 PM
Fireworks blamed for blast that killed 1 in Oregon building

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Police say fireworks caused an explosion that blew out windows, ignited massive flames and killed one person in a century-old building in northeast Oregon.

Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said Friday that 25-year-old Eduardo Quezada was creating flash powder, which he used to build improvised explosive devices. He says there's no indication the fireworks were for any purpose besides entertainment.

Quezada died in Tuesday's blast. Two people who helped remove him from the building were treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

The explosion and fire destroyed much of the building that was once Pendleton's City Hall. More recently, the building owned by Eduardo Quezada's father contained a mix of office space and apartments.