A man who suffered severe hand injuries in a firearm malfunction east of Seward last weekend was flown to Anchorage for treatment, Alaska State Troopers say.

A dispatch on the incident which injured 67-year-old Anchorage resident Kurt Stenehjem said dispatchers received a signal from an emergency beacon from Johnstone Lake just after 6 p.m. Saturday.

“A text message was received by the beacon stating ‘gun blew up, severed hand, bleeding badly,’” troopers wrote.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Wednesday that details weren’t available on what kind of weapon exploded, or what Stenehjem had been doing with it at the time.

“The hand was not severed,” Peters said. “It was some kind of malfunction with the firearm.”

A LifeMed air ambulance responded to pick up Stenehjem, taking him to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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