Texas teenagers burned after powder from shotgun shells explodes

(Going for the Darwin Award in Texas)

Tuesday, July 6, 2004

(07-06) 08:00 PDT HOUSTON (AP) —

Two teenagers were injured in an explosion when they used a sledgehammer

to extract gunpowder from shotgun shells and bullets, police said.

Authorities were investigating whether the 16-year-old boys were trying to

make homemade fireworks the night of July 4.

The teens were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with first-, second-,

and third-degree burns, Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery said.

The hospital did not release any information about the victims.

Police said the teens were grinding powder from the shells and bullets

with a hammer, setting off the blast in a Harris County home.

Investigators seized bullets, a homemade discharging device and a

videotape the youths made to document their efforts, police said.



Author: Jorah Lavin

I grew up in New England, moved to the Carolinas in '98 to start working at what was then a large regional bank and is now a really big nationwide bank. I work doing intranet content management and intranet site management. After work, I practice Aikido, knit, ride my motorcycle, read, watch movies & eat. I've been studying Aikido since 2014, and I ride a Yamaha V-Star 1300. I am pretty sure that I want to hike the Appalachian Trail someday.

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