Police and fire briefs for Jan. 2, 2013

3 hospitalized in BR after powder blast

Three people were taken to a hospital early Tuesday after burning themselves while trying to ignite a large amount of gunpowder for a New Year’s Day fireworks celebration, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters were called around 1:30 a.m. to a report of burns in the 9200 block of Highland Road, spokesman Robert Combs said.

The three people, who were not identified, tried to pour a large amount of flammable powder into one container to make a “big bang” type of explosion, Combs said.

When they initially tried to light the container, it did not go off, Combs said.

As the three people were checking it, the container exploded and burned them, Combs said.

The three people were taken to a hospital with various injuries, including burns, cuts and other serious injuries, Combs said.

12 booked with DWI in EBR Parish Prison

Authorities arrested at least 12 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Compiled from Advocate staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.