Antique round blows up, injures Ore. man

CRESWELL, Ore. - A cannon round from the World War I era exploded Wednesday while a man tried to disassemble the projectile to recycle the brass.

Vernal Miller, 50, suffered serious injuries to his legs and lower torso. He was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit.

"What it looks like at this point is a man was working with ammunition," Lt. Byron Trapp of the Lane County Sheriff's Office said at the scene Wednesday. "He suffered pretty significant injuries."

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