Soldier loses fingers during cannon salute for Denmark's Prince Henrik

June 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

HELSINGOR, Denmark, June 12 (UPI) -- A soldier hit by a gunpowder charge lost some fingers during a cannon salute on Prince Henrik's 79th birthday in Denmark, authorities said.

The incident occurred Tuesday at Kronborg castle in Helsingor, where soldiers were firing blank charges in honor of the prince.

The 26-year-old soldier was injured by a gunpowder charge while working on an antique cannon that had failed to fire, The Copenhagen Post reported.

The blast threw the soldier over the edge of a Kronborg castle wall and he fell 13 feet, the Post said.

Officials said he did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

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