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The woman's children, who were not injured, called 911 after the dynamite exploded while it was still inside her hand, assistant fire chief Michael Caldaroni told WCVB.

Police say a woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she mistook dynamite for a candle during a power outage at her Bridgeport home. Home Depot was closed.

The woman was taken to the hospital, officials said. But she accidentally lit a stick of dynamite, and suffered severe injuries, police told CBS Boston.

They thought that candles had been left in the home's basement by the previous occupants, before they purchased the property two years ago, the Hartford Courant reported.

Police say the woman suffered severe injuries to her face and hands and may have lost some fingers.

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The two children, and the woman's husband weren't hurt.

The Connecticut State Police's bomb squad attended the scene along with state troopers, the state Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, and Bridgeport's police and fire departments. It was later detonated and disposed of by state police.

It is against the law to have dynamite or fireworks in the state of CT, but police aren't pressing charges. "She attempted to light one of what she thought was a candle and turned out to be a quarter stick of dynamite".

Authorities have opted not to file any charges because the incident seemed to have been unintentional and the family was unaware "that what they had in their home were explosive devices", officials said.

Police are calling this a "tragic accident", and remind people if you find something in your house that looks explosive, and you don't know what it is, to contact your local fire department.

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