Skip to main content

Sheriff: Man was making exploding targets when he blew his hand off

A bomb disposal team destroyed the explosives found in Crow Wing County.

Police have released more details about the incident on Sunday in which a man in Crow Wing County had his hand blown off by homemade explosives.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's office has identified the injured party as James Cummings, who was found at the property on the 42000 block of County Road 36 in rural Emily, Minnesota, with extensive hand injuries.

It emerged he'd sustained the injuries while working with homemade explosives, prompting a bomb squad to be called to the scene.

Found at the property were "several known and unknown chemicals" that are consistent with making explosives, including flash powders and Tannerite, the sheriff's office said.

"Evidence at the scene indicates that the injured victim ... was attempting to manufacture homemade exploding targets when the accident occurred," it added.

"It appears that this type of activity was going on for some time at this residence."

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters

The sheriff's office says there's "no indication that there was any criminal intent" by Cummings.

Nonetheless, deputies will forward their reports to the Crow Wing County Attorney for consideration of any possible charges.

Cummings was treated until paramedics arrived and took over, and was later airlifted via a Life Link helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital. 

The explosive materials were destroyed by the bomb squad.

Next Up

Baby owl

The Raptor Center says downward trend holding for avian influenza

A "baby shower" fundraising campaign hopes to help return young raptors to the wild.

Prince

Commemorative street name for Prince approved in Minneapolis

The block next to the First Avenue nightclub will be named Prince Rogers Nelson Way.

storm, radar, severe weather

Monitoring severe storm threat Saturday-Tuesday in Minnesota

The holiday weekend won't be a washout, but multiple rounds of strong and severe storms are possible.

Screen Shot 2022-05-26 at 4.45.15 PM

Charges: St. Cloud meth dealer had numerous weapons. body armor

Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 38, faces 12 felony-level charges.

3100 Bloomington Ave.

South Minneapolis tenants declare rent strike; allege unsafe conditions

A group of Powderhorn Park residents say they'll withhold May rent due to health and safety concerns.

Screen Shot 2022-05-26 at 3.11.26 PM

Threats involving 2 students at West St. Paul middle school

Police said there is no reason to be concerned for the safety of the rest of the student body at Heritage E-Stem Magnet Middle School.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Controversial Two Harbors mayor told: Resign or face recall election

The mayor has come under scrutiny for unusual behavior this year.

Lakeville Minnesota Solar Installation - All Energy Solar

Tips for selecting a reputable solar installer

Installing solar panels is a major investment. The solar solution provider you choose should be stable and trustworthy.

3M Maplewood

3M fined $2.8M for hazardous waste violations in Cottage Grove

The company's violations spanned more than two decades.

Christopher Payne and Kaley Wethern

Couple charged after $75k worth of fentanyl pills seized during traffic stop

Christopher James Payne and Kaley Maria Wethern have been charged in the seizure.

Related

Minnesota man blows hand off with homemade explosive

The man was taken by Life Link helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital.

Wisconsin man blows own hand off while making explosives

It happened just across the Minnesota border.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man arrested after woman found dead in Brainerd Lakes area home

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office found the woman during a welfare check at a home near Brainerd.

police lights

Sheriff: Teen accidentally shot by family member near Brainerd

The incident happened around noon Saturday, May 9.

Death of infant under investigation in central Minnesota

Authorities in Crow Wing County are leading the investigation.

motorcycle

Motorcyclist injured in attempt to avoid hitting deer

The crash happened Monday in Crow Wing County.

Man dies after 'medical episode' as he tried to get ATV unstuck

The 71-year-old from Pine River died at the scene.