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Cannon explodes in man’s face

A Lincoln County man celebrating the new year was seriously injured when a black-powder homemade cannon exploded in his face, investigators said.

A woman at the home in the 2300 block of Keener Road told sheriff’s deputies that she heard an explosion and saw Timothy Crouse Hester, 41, of Lincolnton fly across the porch in a cloud of smoke and land against a door.

Hester had been shooting the cannon during the night to celebrate the new year, investigators said.

Deputies arrived at the home at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, where paramedics and firefighters were treating Hester. He was lying against a door on the side porch.

Hester was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center in Winston-Salem. He suffered second-degree burns and cornea damage to an eye and was expected to be released from the hospital on Friday.

The Sheriff’s Office seized the cannon as evidence but hadn’t filed any charges as of Thursday.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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