Explosives accident claims life of extra during filming of Military Channel movie

POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:34am

A Colorado woman is dead after an accident during the filming of a movie at her husband's shooting range.

Terry Flannell, 51, died after a smoke bomb exploded during the filming of a scene in a movie being produced for The Military Channel.

Mel Bernstein was standing next to his wife when the accident occurred.

"It was the end of the movie, it was the end, and as soon as it went by I felt something right here, like four inches from my stomach, and right through my wife. Instant death, didn't even suffer just fell to the ground," Bernstein recounted.

Its not clear if production crews might be responsible for Flannell's death.

The investigation is ongoing.

"They pointed it like towards us, and I should've noticed that, but at the end of the day, who would have thought a stupid thing like that would happen. I'd give anything to reverse it," Bernstein said.

It's the first accident at the shooting range in 31 years of operation.

Investigators are determining whether the production company could be held liable for the accident and whether Bernstein himself could face any charges in the incident that took his wife's life.

Bernstein says the range is safe, and the materials that caused the accident aren't normally present on the property, but were brought in for the purposes of the movie.
 

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