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Exploding targets under scrutiny after fire


Exploding targets under scrutiny after fire

While dozens of wildfires were burning out of control in north central Washington last summer, two people decided to do some target shooting in the dry, grassy hills above Alta Lake. They set up an exploding target and fired at it, causing a loud boom and a huge smoke-like cloud.

The outing resulted in the Goat Fire, which would burn 73,378 acres, the Wenatchee World reported.

U.S. Forest Service officials have not said whether their investigators believe the fire was caused by the target or a bullet striking something else.

There’s plenty of disagreement about whether targets that explode can start fires. Some think they’re dangerous and should be banned; others say they’re no danger.

But as exploding targets become more popular they are more often linked to wildfires. The devices have been blamed for starting at least two dozen fires across the West last summer, the newspaper reported.

Fire officials last summer said that two other smaller fires in north central Washington, a 120-acre blaze near Entiat and a quarter-acre fire near Cashmere, were started by people shooting at exploding targets.



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  1. tlmartin

    February 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    You can’t fix stupid.

  2. barbiecakes

    February 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Hubby and I were shooting exploding targets in the sand pits. WE taped one to a cardboard box and the box caught on fire. We wouldn’t do it in the woods.

  3. AmericanWarrior

    February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Well, let’s put a ban on dry farts which, when a lit match is placed next to the orfice, can start a fire. We might as well place a tax on the gas humans emit and that will keep Gore happy and quiet. Damned idiot politicians!

    Semper Fidelis

    • don

      February 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Please don’t give the fascists any ideas.

  4. $13614178

    February 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    You can’t not only fix stupid , you can’t legislate it out of existence either .

  5. jong

    February 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Of course this all very questionable. Why??? because gun owners on the whole are very responsible people and they would have put it out.

  6. Gary Smith

    February 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    “or a bullet striking something else” It is OBVIOUS that some people are STUPID!!! A bullet striking ANYTHING could NOT start a fire. Bullets are either lead or COPPER coated and lead or COPPER will NOT cause a spark!!! NOR does the Bullet get hot enough to cause a fire!!!

  7. Benjamin Franklin

    February 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Tannerite, the most popular exploding target, is made of Ammonium Nitrate and aluminum filings. The resulting combustion results in nothing more than water vapor, no fire or sparks. More over-reaction and mis-information from the uninformed.

  8. $5708171

    February 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I can hear it now – “THESE THINGS ARE BOMBS!! CHILDREN ARE GONNA DIE!!!” As I read someplace else, this is not a war on guns, folks. It’s a CULTURE war. The left hates everything about conservative, Christian, white, male, gun, hunting… everything. No surprise that they would go after the exploding targets, too.

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