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Men Wounded by Nail Gun Charges: Police

The injured men sought help at the Montgomery Family Dollar store.

The men were injured after they threw nail gun charges in a bonfire, causing an explosion, police said. Credit: File photo
The men were injured after they threw nail gun charges in a bonfire, causing an explosion, police said. Credit: File photo
Two homeless men were wounded Monday night after putting nail gun charges in a bonfire, Montgomery police said.

Police initially received a report of gunshot victims at the Family Dollar store, 1337 Douglas Road, where the two men went to call for help after the accident. But it turned out the men had been struck by exploding nail gun charges, police said.

"They threw some nail gun charges in their bonfire and it exploded," Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers said. One man was hit in the hand, and the other was struck in the chest, he said.

Meyers said the men waited nearly three hours before walking to the dollar store for help at around 6:40 p.m.

Because the bonfire accident happened in unincorporated Kane County, the case was turned over to the sheriff's department, Meyers said.

He said the man who was hit in the chest was transported to Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora by the Montgomery & Countryside Fire Protection District. Both men suffered minor injuries, according to Meyers.

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