Peru man injured when rifle explodes

Posted Sept. 18, 2010, at 7:13 p.m.

ROXBURY, Maine — A Peru man suffered injuries to his right hand when the lever action on the Marlin 45-70 rifle he was using exploded upon firing during target practice at a gravel pit in Roxbury.

Kevin Hostetter, 49, was target practicing at a gravel pit off of Walker Brook Road in Roxbury around noon Saturday when the explosion occurred, according to a press release from Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Roxbury is in Oxford County in western Maine.

Maine Warden Service Sgt. Scott Thrasher and Game Wardens Kris Barboza and Brock Clukey, as well as Sgt. Tim Holland from Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, responded.

Hostetter was transported from the scene by his son to Rumford Community Hospital. He was then transferred to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Injuries included a dislocated thumb as well as cuts and burns.

The Maine Warden Service is investigating the incident.

The firearm will be tested at the Maine State Police Crime Lab’s firearms lab to determine the cause of the explosion.

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