A local man is recovering from burns he received when he opened a package while working at a thrift shop.
It happened Tuesday at the Atlantic Shopping Center on Memorial Drive in southeast Atlanta.
Police identified the man who was injured as Kevin Andrews, 23.
The FBI, GBI and Homeland Security rushed to the scene to join forces
with Atlanta police and Atlanta Fire Department's bomb squad to get
bottom of what happened when Andrews opened up a package at about 3 p.m.
After further investigation, authorities determined
the package had fireworks inside that probably ignited due to static
The package was in a parcel that the thrift store
had for approximately two months with no issues until it was handled by
volunteers working in the store.
CBS Atlanta News talked to workers late Tuesday night who said they heard a noise and then smelled something similar to cigarette smoke. They quickly realized Andrews had been burned.
Police evacuated employees at the nearby Dollar Store and guided an explosives-detecting robot into the thrift shop.
Emergency crews blocked traffic on Memorial Drive Northeast for about four hours.
Investigators said while they take all suspicious calls seriously, the explosions at the Boston Marathon had a big effect on the heavy response to this call.
"Given yesterday's events, we're going to be extra cautious. That's why you're seeing the response you see here today," said Campos.
C.J. Ford lives nearby and was trying to get out and around all the emergency vehicles to get to Georgia State for his classes.
Just like many others waiting in the area, he was trying make sense of it all.
"I'm hoping the guy is OK and he's doing better now. But otherwise, I don't know what to think. It's hard to know what to think in these times," said Ford.
Investigators said the fire burned Andrews on his arms and legs. He was
rushed to the hospital. Investigators said his burns are minor.
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