MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities said two Duluth men suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries after a mishap with a firearm at a gun range on Sunday, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities were called to the United Northern Sportsman firing range at about 2:19 p.m. on a report that a rifle had exploded after being fired. When they got to the scene, a 43-year-old man had fired a bolt action rifle with a 61-year-old man standing behind him. The rifle exploded, causing the bolt to be expelled from the rifle and hit the 61-year-old man in the chest.
The man firing the rifle suffered powder burns on both of his hands and injured both of his thumbs, one of them severely. Both men were treated for their injuries at the scene but refused to be taken to a hospital for their injuries.
The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said it’s investigating what led up to the accident.