At 3:40 p.m. 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 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. At the present time, the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept., the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad and the ATF are interviewing witnesses.
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