Exploding targets under scrutiny after fires

Exploding targets under scrutiny after fires

Credit: David DeVorkin

Johnson Creek / Navarre Coulee Fire, July 5, 2012

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 9:06 PM

WENATCHEE, Wash. - Shooting targets that explode when fired upon have come under scrutiny after they have been linked to wildfires.

Some think the exploding targets are dangerous and should be banned; others say they're no danger.

The Wenatchee World reports (http://bit.ly/14YRIKe) that as exploding targets become more popular they are more often linked to wildfires. Fire officials last summer said two fires -- one near Entiat, and another smaller one near Cashmere -- were started by people shooting at targets that explode.

A larger fire known that scorched 73,378 acres in north central Washington resulted after two people went shooting with an exploding target in a dry, grassy area as wildfires burned. U.S. Forest Service officials have not said whether the fire was caused by the target or a bullet striking something else.
 

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