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Ottertail teen injured in black powder explosion

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Residents of Ottertail were giving moral support on Friday to the family of a 17-year-old boy who was severely injured May 30 when some black powder he was playing with exploded.

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The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department said the name of the victim could not be released since he is a minor.

The incident took place about 8:30 p.m. near the boy's home.

The boy, who sustained severe burns, was taken to Perham Health and later transported to a hospital in the Twin Cities. Authorities said the injuries included second- and third-degree burns to the boy's arms, chest and face.

The boy reportedly found the black powder in a storage area; the powder is believed to be about 80 years old.

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