2 arrested in July 4th explosion that injured 4 in west Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and the Kern County Fire Department Arson Unit served two search warrants and an arrest warrant in relation to an investigation into an explosion involving an explosive device that occurred on July 4th.

Deputies served the search warrants at a home in the 6600 block of Starbright Drive in southwest Bakersfield and a home in the 19000 block of Stockdale Highway in west Bakersfield.

Kern County Sheriff's Office public information officer Ray Pruitt said that the deputies have arrested 2 men who were wanted in connection with the explosion.

Deputies arrested Julian Elizondo and Jim Trino. 

Elizondo was arrested on charges of manufacturing and possession of a destructive device, detonating a destructive device causing great bodily injury, conspiracy.

Trino was arrested on charges of manufacturing and possession of a destructive device, detonating a destructive device causing great bodily injury, conspiracy.

Trino's bail has been set at $1,755,000 and Elizondo's bail has been set at $1,592,500.

The investigation into this case only happened due to the investigation done by 23ABC News anchor Mike Hart .

Hart uncovered the story into the explosion and exposed what took place on the night that four people were injured with an improvised explosive device.

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One of the victims was taken to the Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital, while two others were transported to the Fresno Burn unit.  A fourth person was treated and released.

23ABC has been uncovering details of the incident over the past few weeks.

The incident happened at a wedding reception being held on July 4th for Jim and Lisa Trino.

Trino tells 23ABC that the improvised explosive device had been set off several times that night without a problem.  The celebration was held at a home on 40 acres of open land west of Bakersfield.

Trino said he has been setting off legal and illegal fireworks for more than 30 years, including the Acetylene bomb.

Acetylene is a highly flammable, unstable gas used predominantly in welding. In Trino's explosives, he said he pumps the gas into balloons, which he hangs from a metal pole in the middle of a field, before setting it off with some type of ignition source.

Trino was hanging a balloon when three of them exploded.  Also injured in the blast were Russel Lester, Kris Brode and Bryan Walls.

Tuesday night, 23ABC learned that Lester and Walls are planning to take legal action against Trino.  Attorney David K. Cohn is representing both men.

 

 

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