Fireworks Mishap, Girl's Injury Lands Man In Court

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A 63-year-old David City, Nebraska man is scheduled to be in a Polk County courtroom next Thursday to face charges, including two for assault, connected to an explosion that severely injured a 14-year-old relative.

Authorities say Russell Hilger made an explosive device by putting black powder into a pipe and covering it with towels. He then set it off last July 4th during a family gathering at Ernst Lake, south-southwest of Columbus.

Shrapnel from the device hit Lauren Campbell, who was in a tent. She spent two weeks in the hospital for treatment of internal injuries. Hilger is her great-uncle.

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