- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Police say a New Jersey man lost several fingers when cartridges used as a recreational drug exploded.

The man was walking along freight train railroads tracks in Paterson when the nitrous oxide cartridges went off Tuesday.

Police Director Jerry Speziale tells The Record (https://bit.ly/1IML27r ) newspaper there was no indication it was an act of terrorism or any threat to the community.

Police say the cartridges are known on the street as “whip-its.”

The man’s hand was taken to a hospital.

His name has not been released.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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