Bomb techs find 3 grenades at New River explosion site

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NEW RIVER, Ariz. – Bomb technicians found three grenades during a second search of a New River property where a 49-year-old man was severely injured in an explosion.

Steven Scott Lane stepped on an explosive device on the property near 27th Avenue and New River Road on Nov. 4. He lost his foot and injured his face and eye.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his bomb technicians as well as bomb experts from other agencies sealed off the property and did a systematic grid search to determine whether other dangerous devices remained.

Arpaio said the grenades appeared to be very weathered and likely were on the property for a long time. Each was disposed of by a bomb technician.

The address was once the residence of Charles Byers, a former explosives maker who was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in 1997.

The ranch property is now investor owned.

A couple living in a home on the property said Lane was helping them move out when he was injured in the blast.

The sheriff's office is still investigating whether the couple were living on the property legally. Investigators said the site was supposed to be vacant. However, the couple told 3TV's Mike Watkiss that they had rented the home legally and lawfully.

Arpaio said that while the grid search has concluded, the investigation is ongoing.