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Man who blew hand off was making explosives for some time: Sheriff's investigation indicates no criminal intent

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EMILY—The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported the 42-year-old Fifty Lakes man, who blew off his hand Sunday, May 12, was attempting to manufacture homemade exploding targets when the incident occurred.

The sheriff's office responded to the incident at 5 p.m. on the 42000 block of Crow Wing County Road 136, Emily. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies discovered a man, identified as James Fredrick Cummings, suffering extensive injuries to his left hand. Cummings was airlifted by Life Link III to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was in serious condition Monday.

The Crow Wing County Bomb Squad was called to process the scene and located several known and unknown chemicals consistent with making explosives, such as flash powders and tannerite. The bomb team took the unknown chemicals and destroyed them on-site by igniting them.

Evidence at the scene indicated this type of activity was going on for some time at this residence. There is no indication there was any criminal intent by the victim, the sheriff's office reported.

The sheriff's office will be forwarding reports to the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office for possible charges related to the incident.

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