Pennsylvania hiker loses hand in campfire explosion


    KEMPTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania hiker is recovering after his left hand was blown off while trying to start a campfire on the Appalachian Trail.

    Ethan Kunkel, deputy chief of the Kempton Fire Company, tells The (Allentown) Morning Call ( ) that the man grabbed the wrong substance out of his backpack and it exploded. The chief didn't say what kind of substance the man grabbed.

    Kunkel says the explosion, which happened about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, shattered the man's hand so badly that doctors were unlikely to try to reattach it.

    Authorities haven't released the victim's name but say he is from Exton, Chester County. The 34-year-old man was hurt near the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and had been planning to hike the trail all the way to Tennessee.

    The man was being treated at Lehigh County Hospital-Cedar Crest.
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