Teenager dies from injuries sustained in explosion

Idaho Falls

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AMMON — A 14-year-old Idaho Falls boy died from his injuries Monday after he was struck by a projectile from a homemade gun or cannon.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office reports two teenage boys were using powders and materials in a backyard shed to construct a small homemade gun or cannon that would launch a small projectile. During this process, an explosion occurred causing a piece of wood to penetrate the victim’s chest that ultimately led to the fatal injury.

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The victim’s mother and arriving deputies attempted first aid and CPR until ambulance personnel arrived and transported him to the hospital.

The teenager has not been identified.

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