Friday, Mar. 17, 2017

Hiker loses hand in Pennsylvania campfire explosion

By The Associated Press

KEMPTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania hiker is recovering after his left hand was blown off while trying to start a campfire.

The accident happened on the Appalachian Trail, which runs about 2,200 miles from Maine to Georgia. Ethan Kunkel, deputy chief of the Kempton Fire Company, tells The (Allentown) Morning Call ( ) that the man grabbed the wrong substance out of his backpack and it exploded. The chief didn't say what the substance was.

Kunkel says the explosion, which happened about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, shattered the man's hand and that doctors are unlikely to try to reattach it.

Authorities haven't released the man's name but say he is from Exton, near Philadelphia.

The 34-year-old man had been planning to hike the trail about 800 miles to Tennessee.

2017-03-17 14:26:15 GMT

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