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US Forest Service Prohibits Exploding Targets

July 24
06:09 2014

Exploding TargetsThe US Forest Service has prohibited the use of exploding targets for the protection of the public’s health and safety. Their use is restricted on National Forests and Grasslands in the Intermountain Region of the Forest Service including the Dixie National Forest in Southern Utah. The closure order is in effect for one year.

According to the Cabela’s Expert, their Star Exploding Targets will create a ball of fire for a flash. It can start a fire under really dry conditions. The exploding targets provide a dramatic effect when shot with a rifle and are used for target practice. The product is packaged in containers of up to 2.5 pounds, transferred to smaller containers, and shaken before placement as a target. To cause an explosion, the target must take a direct hit.

A month before the Boston Marathon bombings, the FBI warned that commercial “exploding targets” used for recreational rifle shooting could power homemade bombs on American streets. The FBI says exploding targets are so dangerous, they issued an intelligence bulletin to law enforcement, warning that exploding targets could be used by criminals and terrorists to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Exploding targets are sold under a variety of brand names, the most popular being Tannerite, and they’re supposed to be used by rifle shooters to ensure they hit their target from long range. They’re readily available and easy for people to buy off store shelves across the country but the products are being misused and abused, because people often use too much, stand too close, or place the product inside something that can create shrapnel.

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