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Hunter Injured When Shotgun Explodes

March 16, 2012

From KCCI.com

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Authorities say an Iowa man was injured while hunting snow geese near Ruthven in northern Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 19-year-old Carl Jensen, of Ruthven, suffered minor injuries on Thursday when the barrel of his friend's 12-guage shotgun exploded, hitting him in the hand.
Jensen was treated and released from an Emmetsburg hospital.
Officials say Jensen was hunting with 19-year-old Ethan Bakken, also of Ruthven. Bakken had taken a shot but a shell in his gun didn't fire properly. Bakken reloaded and when he fired again, the barrel exploded.
Authorities believe the barrel was blocked by the misfiring of the first shell.

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