Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy took six stitches in his bottom lip after being hit with a hammer during a business meeting.
Kennedy — son of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy — met Wednesday with Wisconsin entrepreneur Matt Kriesel, who is interested in relocating to Rhode Island. Kriesel runs a company that manufactures a shock-absorbing gel used in sports-shoe inserts, tennis rackets and horse saddles.
Kriesel was hitting the gel with a hammer to demonstrate how it reduces vibration when the hammer's head flew off and hit Kennedy in the mouth.
The accident caused Kennedy to cancel several public appearances Thursday.