Biker gang member loses hand after bomb he was handling explodes in his garage

A US motorcycle gang member lost his hand and is in a critical condition after a homemade bomb he was handling exploded in his garage.

Michael Liburdi was also left with 55% burns across his body after the blast at his Warren, Michigan home on Saturday, FOX reported.

The property, and 38-year-old, are now part of a criminal investigation after police uncovered guns, ammo, and evidence of the construction of bombs inside the home.

Authorities seized more than a dozen handguns and rifles, AR-style magazines, and 4,000 rounds of ammunition, Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said.

He added that the Michigan motorcycle gang member was already on a federal agency's watchlist and, if he survives, faces months of care in a hospital bed – as well as felony charges.

The commissioner also said Liburdi may be part of a domestic terrorism probe, however he said that couldn't be proven at this time.

"All indications are that the explosives were dangerous, to be used for criminal activity," said Commissioner Dwyer.

"We're very fortunate there were no other injuries."

He said that Liburdi may have been in the process of fortifying his home and called the explosion a "lucky break" as it may have "prevented something worse".

Liburdi was working in his garage when police were called to his home off Eight Mile and Gratiot around 3pm on Saturday afternoon after the blast shook the neighbourhood, leaving the home with visible damage.

Dwyer said Liburdi, who was the only person in the property at the time, was saved by an officer who put a tourniquet on his arm

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The suspect has as a long criminal history that includes weapon charges and handling of explosive items, police said.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Liburdi purchased the two-story property – which could be demolished if it's too damaged, in 2019.

The outlet reported that the investigation into Liburdi began several weeks ago after law enforcement received a tip that he was manufacturing explosives.

Police executed a second search warrant at the individual's home Monday.

Once an investigation is complete, charging documents will be sent to the Macomb County Prosecutors Office.

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