HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - Captain Bob Campbell with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department said a CO2 cartridge loaded with gunpowder was the explosive device that injured a 12-year-old Wednesday.
Investigators aren't saying what the boy was doing with the cartridge.
"Curiosity got the best of him," Campbell said. "We still do not know how the device went off."
His injuries were so bad, investigators say he will spend a few more days recovering at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
CO2 cartridges, the same explosive used at Columbine High School, are often used to power paint ball guns.
You can find them at many stores. But, police say more and more teens are using them for the wrong reasons.
Officer Christopher Cooper with the Indianapolis Bomb Squad says in a matter of seconds, you can find tutorials online showing how to create the explosive devices.
"People have lost fingers making these," Cooper said. "They are extremely dangerous. You are messing with black powder and shrapnel from the cartridge itself."
Making these bombs violates state law.
"At that point, you start committing crimes. To actually go and insert black powder and hobby fuse then it becomes a felony because you are now making an explosive device," Cooper said.
Cooper says the incident in Hancock County is a reminder for parents to pay closer attention to their children's activities.
"Watch what they are doing, make sure they are not doing these type of things," he said. "Black powder is unstable. Accidents can happen very quickly."
The cartridges, when used as intended, are perfectly legal.
As the young child recovers, investigators in Hancock County are trying determining if anyone will be charged. Investigators say his father was in the home at the time of the accident.
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