ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) — A 26-year-old Anaconda man was injured over the weekend when the barrel of a black powder rifle exploded as he was firing a shot in memory of a deceased family member.
Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell says Robert Coffey suffered injuries to his left arm Saturday and was treated at a Missoula hospital. He was not listed as a patient on Tuesday.
Barkell told The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/SCQ2gv) that Coffey shot the 50-caliber rifle in his uncle's memory, but packed the barrel to full of powder, causing it to explode.
No one else was hurt.
Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com