BARSTOW A 58-year-old Barstow man suffered major injuries Sunday when he allegedly detonated a homemade bomb in his backyard, and police found more bomb-making materials inside his home.

According to a Barstow Police report, officers responded to 712 Caliente Drive around 11:52 a.m. after hearing reports of an explosion.

Officers discovered that the homeowner, Anthony Compton, had suffered major injuries during the explosion, according to the report. Compton was transported by air ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

Barstow Police Sgt. Chris Kirby said it was unknown if Compton meant to detonate the bomb.

There were no other injuries during the explosion, according to the report.

Police who responded to the call reported evidence that a bomb went off, as well as bomb-making materials, said Kirby. Kirby said most of the bomb was gone, and he is unsure what the container was made of.

Officers asked nearby residents to voluntarily evacuate their homes around 12:05 p.m.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the house and found more bomb-making materials inside. Kirby said he can't disclose what materials were found because the investigation is ongoing.

The San Bernardino County Bomb and Arson team responded to the residence and declared it safe. Residents were allowed back in their homes around 2:45 p.m.

Kirby said officers were still investigating why Compton was planning to make bombs, but said he hadn't made any threats to the community.

Compton was in stable condition late Sunday and is expected to survive, said Kirby. He had not been arrested as of Monday morning. A report will be sent over to the district attorney's office for review.

Compton is suspected of an unlawful explosion or ignition of a destructive device causing bodily injury and possession of material with intent to make an explosive or destructive device, according to the report.

Barstow Police Sgt. Andy Espinoza Sr. said that while there have been explosions in Barstow, most resulted from military ordnance that people find. The last time a person was caught with bomb-making materials in the area was in the 1990s.

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