High-powered, modified firework explodes, 2 hurt

Emergency workers went to the home about 2 miles south of Klamath Falls in response to a 911 call Friday morning

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KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon (AP) – Authorities say two men were injured after a modified, high-power firework they were handling exploded at a home in southern Oregon.

Emergency workers went to the home about 2 miles south of Klamath Falls in response to a 911 call Friday morning.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said several people at the home had been dismantling larger mortar shell-style fireworks and then combined the explosive materials into a softball-sized ball.

Skrah said the men attempted to place a fuse in it and light it, but it exploded as they threw it into the air.

Two men were taken to area hospitals for treatment. A bomb squad was called in to remove the remaining explosives found at the scene.