Manitoba

Man injured after bullets thrown into Canada Day bonfire

A man was taken to hospital after he was hit in the eye by bullet fragments at a southern Manitoba bonfire over the Canada Day long weekend.

RCMP say alcohol was involved in the incident

A man was taken to hospital after he was hit in the eye by bullet fragments at a southern Manitoba bonfire over the Canada Day long weekend. (Getty Images)

A man was taken to hospital after he was hit in the eye by bullet fragments at a southern Manitoba bonfire over the Canada Day long weekend.

The incident happened at a campground south of Austin, Man., at about 4 a.m. on July 2, RCMP said. 

Mounties said five people were at a campfire when a 21-year-old man from North Norfolk, Man., started throwing .22- calibre shells into the fire. 

One of the bullets exploded and some fragments struck a 23-year-old Swan Lake, Man., man in the eye, RCMP said.

He was taken to hospital and released later that day. Police were not sure how serious the man's injury was. 

A suspect was arrested but no charges have been laid yet. 

Alcohol was involved in the incident, RCMP said. 

Austin, Man., is about 130 km west of Winnipeg. 

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