32-year-old David Pressley lost his leg to shrapnel after he and his friends loaded an old lawnmower with 3-pounds of Tannerite and got too close.
In the graphic video above, courtesy of WXIA Atlanta, Pressley can be seen shooting the lawnmower from a distance reported to be 43 feet away.
When the target indicator goes off, the lawnmower is flipped and shrapnel flies out, severing the man’s left leg below the knee.
According to reports, Pressely’s two friends were able to apply a tourniquet and he was rushed to a nearby hospital by helicopter, saving his life.
Tannerite is safe when used correctly and the company recommends typical recreational use be limited to one pound at a time, warns improper use may cause injury or death, and has specific caveats about shrapnel on their website, which reads, “Do not place targets inside, under, or near any type of metal or foreign objects.”
Further, on their safety page, the company advises to always place one-pound targets at least 100 yards away from the shooter, and two-pound targets 200 yards out as a minimum.
“Do not shoot targets larger than 1 pound unless it is required due to extreme long-range competition,” states the site.