Anaconda man injured when rifle explodes
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 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.