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Hull man dies after potato gun explodes
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Hull man dies after potato gun explodes

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HULL, Iowa -- A Hull man died Friday from his injuries after a potato gun stuffed with explosive powder ignited and erupted.

Ryan Meerdink, 21, was found outside of 915 Hayes St. at 8:20 p.m. by Hull authorities. He was then taken to Sioux Center Hospital, where he later died. The gun apparently ruptured when it was fired, according to an investigation by the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office. No intentional sources for the explosion were found and the explosion was accidental.

The Hull Ambulance, Hull Fire Department and the Sioux County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

"It's just been real blurry today," said Betty Meerdink, Ryan's grandmother.

Funeral arrangements for Meerdink are pending.

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