Man critically injured in East Boston explosion facing criminal charges

BOSTON (WHDH) - BOSTON (WHDH) – A 28-year-old man facing criminal charges in connection with an explosion in East Boston is set to be arraigned in the hospital Monday, officials said.

Tomas Mikula, of East Boston, will be arraigned at Massachusetts General Hospital on charges including possessing unlawful explosives, unlawful possession of a high capacity firearm, and the willful ignition of a destructive or incendiary device stemming from the 12:40 a.m. explosion at his 88 Webster St. apartment Sunday that severely the building and left him with critical injuries.

After Boston police officers searching the apartment spotted materials commonly used to make explosive devices — including PVC tubing and chemical compounds — agents from the FBI and ATV were called to the scene. Two handguns, a rifle, and more than 100 rounds of live ammunition were also found during the search, police said.

Although the incident remains under investigation, Police Commissioner William B. Evans said there is no suspected link to terrorism.

“He was probably playing and experimenting with powder and chemicals, and we believe from that combustion, it blew up in his face,” Evans said.

Mikula is listed in critical but stable condition.