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One Teen Killed, One Injured When Bunker of Dynamite Explodes

August 13, 1991

FORKS, Wash. (AP) _ Two teen-agers shooting at an explosives bunker touched off a blast that killed one and cost the other a leg, authorities say.

The teen-agers were about 70 yards away when the clearly marked, 8-by-10- foot steel building containing dynamite and ammonium nitrate exploded Monday in a blast felt seven miles off, sheriff’s officials said.

The dead youth was identified as Joel Dannemiller, 17, of Forks, said sheriff’s communication officer Tony Rife.

The 17-year-old who was killed was identified as Joel Dannemiller of Forks, said sheriff’s communication officer Tony Rife.

Nineteen-year-old Dennis Perkon, also of Forks, lost his right leg and suffered abdominal wounds, said a nursing supervisor at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center who refused to give her name.

The teen-agers were believed to have been firing rifles at the bunker, which was on state Department of Natural Resources land, the sheriff’s office said.

The bunker had been used previously to store explosives for rock-blasting and other construction uses but was not leased at the time of the blast and should not have contained explosives, said department spokesman Rob Harper.

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