A 13-year-old boy was one of two people taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air Sunday evening after a rifle exploded at a private event in Jarrettsville.

The boy, of the 600 block of Rock Spring Road in Bel Air, was at a farm in the 2800 block of Bradenbaugh Road Sunday at approximately 4:30 p.m. for an event the owner of the property was holding. Guests were invited to bring along firearms for target practice, according to the report.

A man was firing a World War II era Japanese rifle when the gun malfunctioned and exploded, according to the report. The man was struck in the head and cut during the explosion and the 13-year-old boy was hit in the abdomen with a piece of wood, also sustaining a cut.

Two EMTs were there and they treated the man and child before the boy's father called for medical services. Both were treated at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for what were characterized as superficial wounds, according to the police report.


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