A local man who was injured by an explosive device is expected to recover from his injuries, but remained at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after undergoing surgery late Friday per the latest from the Polk County Police.
28-year-old Matthew Nixon was airlifted to the Atlanta hospital on Friday by Redmond Airlife after an explosive device went off and injured his hand and lower extremities, which was initially thought to have been a gunshot according to a release from the Polk County Police.
As of 10 p.m. Friday evening, Nixon was in surgery but was reported to make a full recovery according to Polk County Police Detective Caleb Bowman.
He could not share any further details about the incident at this time, since it remains an active investigation.
Following the discovery by first responders of Nixon’s injuries, police called in help from outside agencies including the Floyd County Bomb Squad to undergo a search of Formby Trail home a quarter mile away from where Nixon was found by police and EMS personnel.
The discovery of homemade explosive devices also prompted the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and help was also provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond EMS Service, Redmond Airlife, and Polk County Fire Department.
Ultimately three devices – two detonated, and one still live – were recovered and disposed of following the midday incident.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Polk County Police Department. Contact the PCPD at 770-748-7331.
Story and photo from Polk Today