Hiker has hand blown off in campfire explosion

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

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“There was 18 inches of snow on the mountain. And it was dark. “It’s rocky terrain in there,” Kunkel said. Last night, they actually could not see the rocks.
They put the tourniquet on to control the bleeding and they started to check his vital signs.” “The first two people to arrive were from our fire department, and one is an ER doctor and the other is his wife, who is an EMT.

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Medical help arrived relatively quickly, considering where the hiker was located. The man was able to call 911 on a cell phone and explain what happened and that he was bleeding badly.

“From what I understand, it was in pieces, shattered.” “What he grabbed was an explosive and it blew his hand off,” Kunkel told the Morning Call.
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.

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

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

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

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