Men involved in east Columbus explosion were squatting, officials say

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Firefighters have released the names of the two men involved in an explosion at a home on the east side of Columbus that sent one of them to the hospital with severe injuries.

At about 10:39 a.m., crews responded to a home in the 600 block of South Hampton Road on the report of a hazmat situation after a person called 911 saying something had exploded in their friend’s hand.

Firefighters say Alphonso Mobley and Roberto Innis Jr. were at the home on South Hampton Road, when there was an explosion.

“We did not find any explosive devise. We found precursors to what could be used to create an explosive situation,” said Matt Staker, investigator with the Fire and Bomb Investigation Unit of the Columbus Division of Fire.

Mobley suffered severe injuries to his hands and was transported to Grant Medical Center, according to firefighters.

Innis has been charged with unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance and firefighters continue to investigate chemicals found in the home.

Investigators say Innis has linked himself to the Sovereign Citizens Movement. Its members believe they are not subject to state or federal laws. He and Mobley were allegedly squatting in the house illegally.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Homeland Security were also called to the scene to help with the investigation.

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