Black powder "toy" cannon kills child

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    Black powder "toy" cannon kills child

    Family mourns Utah boy killed by mini toy cannon

    The 14 year old fired the cannon into his head. Something about the story is a little troubling, like nobody knows where he got the black powder from.
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    really sad...who knows if it was an accident, or if he was just fed up...sorry to read about this.
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    I saw this yesterday, very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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    that must be one heck of a toy, gonna be a recall for sure

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    Very sad. I hate them calling it a "toy," however...it's a barrel that you pack with gunpowder and .50 cal projectiles, and has to pack the punch of a good size handgun round. It may be a miniature replica, but to call it a toy is... irresponsible.
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    Sad story! Didn't follow the rules!
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    Family members and former classmates said they're still in shock after a 14-year-old Utah boy fatally shot himself with a miniature toy cannon earlier this week.
    I guess we need to define toy. Growing up I remember bows and arrows being sold in the toy sections of five and dime stores. Us grade school kids used them quite effectively to kill rabbits around the neighborhood creeks. Even had a friend in the 4th grade who lost an eye in an accident with one.
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    Whoah, sounds like he may have been trying to load and prepare it to fire.... then it ND'd. Who knows, but that really sucks.

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    Something is fishy here, judging by the following statement from the principal of the school he USED to attend,,


    Principal Eldon Petersen told the Standard-Examiner of Ogden that Ostberg had fallen behind in his schoolwork in late 2010 due to health issues and was taken off the rolls in March 2011. He didn't re-enroll this school year, and Petersen was unsure whether the boy was being home-schooled



    The police had better really investigate this one carefully.
    As Dadsnugun said in his post, "maybe the kid was fed up."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    Very sad. I hate them calling it a "toy," however...it's a barrel that you pack with gunpowder and .50 cal projectiles, and has to pack the punch of a good size handgun round. It may be a miniature replica, but to call it a toy is... irresponsible.
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    Prayers to the family.
    I agree with many of the above posts, circumstances and Toy ect.
    Truly sad
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    Very, very sad story. Not much info, but IMO something smells fishy; the boy had fallen behind in his schoolwork, had health issues, he did not re-enroll this school year, the principal was unsure whether the boy was being home-schooled, and he had access to gunpowder. I am not sure this was an accident. I hope they find out what really happened.
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    ...Lucille Hertel described her grandson as shy and mechanically gifted.

    Well, sort of...

    Someone dropped the ball on this one...very tragic.
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    "It was just a toy."

    Apparently not. The kid didn't follow the four rules, whether accidentally or intentionally.

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