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Wisconsin man blows own hand off while making explosives

It happened just across the Minnesota border.

A man in Wisconsin suffered life-threatening injuries and blew his hand off while mixing explosive chemicals. 

The incident happened Tuesday around 8:15 p.m. in Sterling Township, which is just miles across the east-central Minnesota border in Polk County, Wisconsin.

Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrived to the scene and confirmed that the man's injuries were consistent with a 911 call that said he had "blown his hand off." 

He was also suffering from burns to other parts of his body. A Life Link helicopter rushed him to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment, where his current condition is unknown. 

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Suspicious chemicals were found in home so deputies called in the Marathon-Oneida County Bomb Squad, whose technicians determined he was using chemicals that could cause an explosive reaction if mixed together. 

The man's identity has not been released and an investigation is ongoing. 

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