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‘Platoon’ Star Injured in Special Effects Explosion

February 17, 1987 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ″Platoon″ star Charlie Sheen was peppered with shrapnel from a special effects explosion on the set of his new movie, and he needed stitches to close a wound on his face, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Sheen, son of actor Martin Sheen and brother of actor Emilio Estevez, was doing an action sequence during filming of ″No Man’s Land″ when the explosive accidentally discharged last week, said Sheen publicist Jeff Ballard.

Fragments hit Sheen in the face and six stitches were required to close a wound on his lower jaw, Ballard said. Sheen was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and released the same day to recover at his Malibu home, he said.


″He’s back to work today,″ Ballard said.

Sheen was involved in a scene in a parking structure in Culver City when the device exploded, Ballard said. In the film, Sheen pays the leader of a Porsche sports car theft ring.

Officials at Orion Pictures, the studio making ″No Man’s Land,″ refusud comment on the accident, said spokeswoman Gail Brownstein.