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LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Authorities said a Lincolnton man was injured after a homemade black powder cannon exploded in his face, causing him to fly across a porch.

The Lincoln Times-News reported that 41-year-old Timothy Crouse Hester was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the incident on New Year’s Day.

Deputies went to a home at around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday and found Hester lying against a door with serious head injuries.

Investigators said Hester had been shooting the canon during the night to celebrate the New Year with friends and family.

A woman told officers that she heard a loud explosion, then saw Hester fly across the porch.

Deputies said Hester was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln with head injuries and second-degree facial burns and was later flown to Wake Forest Baptist’s Burn Center in Winston-Salem.

Authorities said Hester also suffered cornea damage in one eye, but is expected to be released from the medical facility within a day.

The investigation is ongoing. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has reportedly seized the cannon.

Source: The Lincoln Times-News

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