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Stuntman suffers critical burns during Mountain Dew shoot

February 18, 2012 |  8:36 am

A stuntman who suffered severe burns to the face while filming a Mountain Dew commercial remained in the hospital Saturday as officials investigate what happened.

The commercial shoot was underway Friday in Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium. California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) and the Los Angeles Fire Department are investigating.

According to law enforcement sources, the stuntman, 28, swung from a crane during the filming of the commercial. The accident appears to have occurred after explosive powder misfired and a device meant to protect the stuntman malfunctioned, authorities said.

He was listed in critical condition.

KCBS-TV quoted another stuntman as saying that the man was suspended in the air 60 feet when the blast occurred.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

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