A responding investigator collecting samples from the site placed a rock covered in an “unknown substance” in a plastic bag that immediately popped.
“The investigator’s plastic gloves and boots began to melt,” the release said. “He also began to experience difficulty breathing and his skin started burning.”
Law enforcement later found bomb-making notes, remnants of an explosive device and chlorine residue during a search of Taylor’s car, apartment and storage building.
An investigator was hospitalized after he inhaled and touched the residue, the release said.
The military’s lead investigator, Joshua Farbro, told The American Press of Lake Charles, Louisiana, last month that the injuries ended his career.
“In one single day I went from being in peak physical fitness to having 20 percent lung capacity at 25 years old,” Farbro told the newspaper. “My military career was over and now I’m told that I’m too much of a medical liability to be considered for employment in any capacity. Everything I had worked so hard for, given my all for, was ripped away from me.”