Man killed after cannon explodes, three others injured

SEAL ROCK, Ore. -- A 38-year-old man was killed July 17 after several people were loading a black powder cannon device before it exploded.

At approximately 8 p.m., Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the 800 block of S-Low Road in Seal Rock, Ore., on a report of several people suffering injuries from an explosion.

Upon arrival, deputies learned Keizer resident Eric Jason Rose had been struck by a piece of fragmented metal and was unconscious. Members of the Seal Rock and Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue Departments attempted CPR, however, they were unable to revive him and Rose was pronounced dead at the scene.  Three other men suffered injuries resulting from the explosion as well. One of the men was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for treatment.

An investigation by police determined the men were loading a black powder cannon device belonging to the property owner when the device exploded. Several pieces of fragmented metal were projected through the air, striking four of the five involved subjects.

Deputies contacted the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office regarding the investigation as well as the Lincoln County Medical Examiner. The cause of death is under investigation by the Lincoln County Medical Examiner, in conjunction with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.