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911 calls released in New River explosion case

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NEW RIVER, Ariz. -

Two months ago, a man lost part of his leg in an explosion outside of a New River Home.  Now FOX 10 has obtained the 911 calls made shortly after that blast took place.

Three people were at the home when of them, 49-year-old Steven Lane, came in contact with something that blew up and took out his left leg.

The 911 call demonstrates the shock and confusion that night -- no one really knew what was going on.

Caller: "My friend.. the fridge fell on top of him.. we made a tourniquet.."

Operator: "Is he still awake and breathing?"

Caller: "Barely."

A frantic call for help.  The woman told the dispatcher that a refrigerator fell on top of Lane, but that wasn't what happened.

Another man at the scene got on the phone.

Operator: "What happened?'

Caller: "A fridge fell on his leg.  I'm pretty sure he stepped on an explosive."

Operator: "What explosive?"

Caller: "There was a loud, loud bang.. I've been to Iraq and everything.. it sounded like a bomb."

Operator: "Did you see anything out there that looked like an explosive?"

Caller: "Yeah, it looked like a bomb went off."

The man tried to keep his friend calm.  Lane was bleeding badly as they waited for emergency officials.  Meanwhile, the dispatcher tried to figure out what happened.

Operator: "Is it near there?  Is a fridge around him?"

Caller: "No, there's no refrigerator.. I'm outside.. oh he was hiking the property.. a loud explosion went off, I came outside and he's all bloody and there's no refrigerator near him, no."

FOX 10 spoke with the couple who called 911 after the blast.  They told us Lane was helping them move out of the home when the explosion went off.  Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies say the couple was living there illegally.

"It was a terrible ..terrible thing to see, I'm just glad my kids weren't there to see this happen."

At this point, the MCSO says investigators still can't confirm what it was that Lane stepped on, or where it came from -- they're still waiting for lab results to come in.

In the 1990's, the home was owned by an explosives maker who was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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