Explosion Injures One in Anniston, Alabama
ANNISTON, AL- Wbrc.com writes that one person sustained injuries in an explosion that occurred at Old Fort McClellan. Reports indicate that the victim burned some gunpowder in an attempt to dispose of it, and caused the explosion. The incident occurred near the dog kennels.*
The 38-year-old man apparently tried lighting the gun powder with lighter fluid.
The man suffered injuries to torso, face, and legs, and broke his arm as a result of the explosion. Emergency responders transported the man to the hospital via life-flight.
Gun powder can go bad over time. While properly stored powder can last for up to eighty years and sometimes more, it does reach a point where it should no longer be used. Sometimes gun powder may have a rusty color, which indicates it should be discarded. A person may also smell a vinegary scent coming from the powder, which also means it is past its prime and no good for use. Also, if the powder feels warm to the touch, this can be an indication that the deterioration process is underway, and the powder has gone bad. In these cases, there is a chance of self-ignition, meaning it is time to get rid of that powder.
When discarding of old powder, burning it is not a recommended method. One way to get rid of the substance is to sprinkle it throughout a garden where it works well as a fertilizer.
Gun powder and firearms present serious risks when they are not handled with caution. While the internet is full of creative ideas for getting rid of or using up gun powder, these types of experiments can be extremely dangerous.
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Source:https://www.wbrc.com/2019/12/04/explosion-old-fort-mcclellan-leaves-one-injured/ and https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/man-airlifted-to-hospital-after-explosion-while-trying-to-dispose-of-excess-gun-powder/ and http://www.thegunmag.com/using-disposing-old-handloading-powders/ and https://ronspomeroutdoors.com/blog/danger-old-gunpowder-can-kill-you/