Nightly News   |  August 03, 2013

Spectator loses leg after controlled implosion

In California, authorities investigated what went wrong at the demolition of a decommissioned power plant Saturday. Hundreds had gathered around what was deemed a safe area but proved to be dangerous. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> in california authorities are investigating what went wrong at the demolition of a decommissioned power plant today. hundreds have gathered around what was deemed a safe area , but proved to be dangerous. nbc's miguel has our report.

>> reporter: at this bakersfield power plant , the implosion went off as scheduled, but not as planned. the blast sent shrapnel flying through the air and into a crowd of spectators. at least five people injured. one man suffering from serious wounds.

>> we have one adult male, 44 years, who has sustained an apparent complete amputation of one leg and a possible amputation of the second.

>> reporter: with cell phones capturing the implosion from multiple angles the crowd m hundreds was gathered behind a police barricade, an wrar deemed safe.

>> we were just out here watching the explosion like everyone, and i caught a piece of sh really nell just below my knee. it's inside my leg here.

>> reporter: implosions are often used to bring down dekrep it buildings too expensive to tear down piece by piece . typically safe. this one at orlando's amway areason wra last year, injured a man who was nearly two blocks away. tonight back in california pg&e who owns the bakersfield facility says a full investigation is underway. nbc