Court documents reveal new details into July 4 explosion
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Newly released court documents detail more information on the arrests of two men accused of illegally possessing explosives.
James Trino and Julian Elizondo were arrested on Aug. 8 after authorities served search warrants at their home.
Police said four people were injured, including Trino, after the explosive mixture of acetylene and oxygen was placed inside balloons at a party at Elizondo's home on Stockdale Highway on July 4.
Trino told investigators he had been making the explosive balloons since 1990 without malice and simply for entertainment, according to a police report.
Authorities found more than 100 boxes of fireworks, as well as several boxes of ammunition, in Trino's home.
Trino, a convicted felon, was not legally allowed to possess any explosives, according to the documents.
Elizondo denied any wrongdoing to investigators, and told them that prior to July 4, he told Trino and others his party would be the last to host any explosives.
Eyewitness News reached out to Elizondo and Trino for comment but did not receive a response.
Both men are due in court next week.