Lakeland woman critically injured after explosives in freezer go off

10:50 PM, Aug 27, 2012   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida -- An elderly woman was hospitalized Monday afternoon after contents from her freezer reportedly exploded at her Lakeland home.

Lakeland Police received a call about the incident around 12 p.m. Monday from one of Barbara Cunningham's relatives. 

"Bloody, the lower part and her face," describes neighbor Walter Wells. "I heard rumors she had a lot of shrapnel."

Police evacuated the area and and a multi-jurisdictional bomb squad went into the 78-year-old woman's home in the 1700 block of Fox Hill Drive and safely removed four explosive devices; three had detonated in the explosion while one remained intact.

Authorities say the explosion caused a significant amount of damage to the interior of the home. Police are continuing to investigate the source of these devices, the motive for possessing them, and whether or not Cunningham was the intended target of an attack.

Cunningham was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.

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