The La Plata County Sheriffs Office has identified several teenagers suspected of firing a cannon at a Durango bicyclist who organized a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis.
Investigators plan to interview the juveniles with their parents present next week, said Ed Phippen, investigator with the Sheriffs Office.
The incident occurred about 8:15 a.m. Sunday on the Colorado Trail, northwest of Durango.
Ian Altman, 37, was riding his bike when a small cannon fired about a 1½ feet from his legs. No projectile came out; rather white, gauze-like wadding soaked in an unknown chemical caused the explosion. Particulate from the blast lodged in Altmans legs and arms.
He was hospitalized Sunday night with a 102.5-degree fever and put on 21 days of antibiotics to prevent infection.
The cannon was similar to those used at high school and college football games to signal a touchdown. It had a rope leading into a tent, most likely a pull-rope to fire the cannon.
Altman wrote down the license plate number of a car he suspected belonged to the parents of the suspects. Investigators used that license plate number to identify the suspects.
Five juveniles in the area were camping out, Phippen said Thursday. They are teenagers.
Phippen declined to say where the juveniles are from, pending the investigation.