The 8-year-old boy who was injured last night in an explosion north of Roland has died in a Tulsa hospital. According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart, the young boy passed away at 1:30 a.m. Lockhart stated that the 30-year-old uncle of the boy is currently in custody on child abuse charges. However, due to the death of the child these charges could be elevated.
At 3:40 p.m. Sunday, the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. received a call of an explosion with injuries at a residence on East 1040 Road north of Muldrow in the Liberty community. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies found an 8-year-old male with severe head injuries and a 22 year-old male with leg injuries. The 8-year-old was air lifted to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition. The 22-year-old was transported to a Fort Smith hospital by ambulance.
Investigators learned that a 30-year-old uncle of the 8-year-old victim had mixed a 2 pound container of Tannerite. Tannerite is a material sold at most gun stores and is used as an exploding target.The Tannerite was placed inside an old cook stove in the yard and shot with a high powered rifle. The two victims were standing within 30 yards of the stove when the uncle shot it. The explosion caused fragments from the cook stove to strike both victims. Witnessed were interviewed by Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept., the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad division and ATF.
The 22-year-old remains in the hospital at this time. According to Sheriff Lockhart a male and female are currently in custody charged with providing false information during an investigation. The case is still being investigated and more charges could be filed. Officials are not releasing the name of the victim or any parties involved at this time.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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