FAYETTEVILLE The University of Arkansas athletics department won't incorporate T-shirt guns into this weekend's football game against Samford in Little Rock and a decision regarding the use of the device in future games will be determined, according to a statement.
The decision comes after a marketing intern for the athletics department was hospitalized when part of a T-shirt gun exploded, according to witnesses, during the Razorbacks' game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. The intern, who has not been publicly identified, has been released after being treated for leg injuries at Washington Regional Medical Center.
According to witnesses, an explosion occurred near the male intern shortly after kickoff Saturday. Multiple witnesses described the force of the explosion as great enough to ricochet fragments of the gun off the overhang above the east grandstands at Razorback Stadium.
A loud boom could be heard throughout the stadium, followed by the sound of high air pressure. According to the UA, the T-shirt gun was lying on the turf at the time of the incident and was not in use.
T-shirt guns are incorporated at several UA sporting events. They are powered by high-pressure air tanks.