KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -- Two people were hurt after trying to start a fire using exploding target material Friday afternoon.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said the men had spent the day in an area commonly referred to as the Hayden Creek shooting pit, when they decided to start a fire using some of their leftover exploding material as an accelerant.
When one of them came close to the fire with the materials in a bag, the materials exploded, severally injuring the man’s hand. Another man suffered lower body injuries.
Deputies said the men drove themselves to a convenience store parking lot in Hayden, where emergency crews met up with them.
One man was taken to Kootenai Medical Center via ambulance, where he was listed in serious condition Saturday afternoon.
The material involved in the incident was determined to be exploding target material purchased over the counter at a local sporting goods store.