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PD: Homemade Cannon Device Injures 2

The device had been loaded but failed to discharge, so Dionne attempted to clean it when it suddenly discharged

Two men were injured Saturday after a homemade cannon-like device went off at a home in New Hampshire.

Albert Dionne, 56, of Nottingham, was cleaning the device at a house at 23 Jacob's Well Road in Epping when it discharged. He and Christopher Krafton, 52, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, each sustained a foot injury as a result of the incident, police said.

The men's friends drove them to the fire station in a pick up truck.

Officers then went to the house to investigate. They say they found a device made from the barrel of a muzzle loader rifle. The device had been loaded but failed to discharge, so Dionne attempted to clean it when it suddenly discharged.

Dionne was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Krafton was taken to the Exeter Hospital, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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