Bullet explodes inside woman’s purse, shoots her leg

Bullet explodes inside woman’s purse, shoots her leg

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    Bullet explodes inside woman’s purse, shoots her leg

    Bullet explodes inside woman

    A Pennsylvania woman was shot in the leg while shopping at a local department store on Tuesday. But in a nearly unbelievable twist, no gun was involved. Apparently, the woman was carrying the bullet in her purse, when it mysteriously exploded.
    "She did not have a gun in her purse or on her," Montoursville Deputy Police Chief Jason Bentley told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Bentley said the woman, whose name has not been released to the public, "was not aware" she was carrying two or three bullets inside her purse at the time of the accident.
    The 56-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital and was eventually discharged. In fact, the woman initially declined medical treatment, only heading to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after her son reportedly encouraged her to do so.
    "Something must of hit the primer of one of the bullets," Bentley said. "The bullet stayed in the purse, but its casing put a hole in the purse and caused a minor leg wound."
    Bullets exploding outside of a gun are a rare occurrence but are not entirely unprecedented. In March, a bullet being used as evidence in a court case exploded in a bag and shot 20 feet across a courtroom. No one was hurt in the incident. It was surmised that the bullet exploded after its tip bounced against another bullet tip in the same evidence bag, according to the Telegram & Gazette.
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    Good thing it wasn't in a barrel, it would have had a lot more force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder71 View Post
    Good thing it wasn't in a barrel, it would have had a lot more force.
    If it were chambered, the primer would have been protected.
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    I think if I were her and was to continue to carry around loose ammunition, I'd be inclined to invest in a kevlar purse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    If it were chambered, the primer would have been protected.
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    At first I was wondering, WHAT???? But then the explanation made sense and reinforced what I already thought I knew -

    Bentley said. "The bullet stayed in the purse, but its casing put a hole in the purse and caused a minor leg wound."
    The bullet being the heaviest part is going to stay put but the shell casing is going to shoot off in the opposite direction of the bullet. Probably not a fun thing to get hit with it but fortunately for most loads it shouldn't cause major damage (with a few exceptions of where it might hit).
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    "Bullets exploding outside of a gun are a rare occurrence..."

    Save us from ignorant media types.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    "Bullets exploding outside of a gun are a rare occurrence..."

    Save us from ignorant media types.
    The WWB at Wally World is shipped lose now meaning they are not cushion pack any more

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    "Bullets exploding outside of a gun are a rare occurrence..."

    Save us from ignorant media types.
    Good catch. Yes, the bullets explode inside my gun and not outside.

    TO THE MEDIA:

    First, the bullet does not explode. Even the cartridge (which contains the primer, powder, and bullet) doesn't explode (unless you are using something with higher pressure ratings than the gun will take but even at that it is the barrel which would ), and Second, the gunpowder inside the cartridge doesn't even "explode." It burns, creating a gas which pushes the bullet from the case and through the barrel. Okay, the primer maybe could technically be called an explosion, but is a very small one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    The WWB at Wally World is shipped lose now meaning they are not cushion pack any more
    Better be careful that none of the loose cartridges in those small boxes can move with such force as to impact a primer with one of its edges to cause the "bullet to explode."

    EDIT: (by the way, not making fun of your post barstoolguru, just the media and how they would see it)
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    ^ So, to buy the WWB 100 pack, I would have to bring almost a dozen pistols to secure the ammo in to keep the primers safe. That can get cumbersome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb2wji View Post
    ^ So, to buy the WWB 100 pack, I would have to bring almost a dozen pistols to secure the ammo in to keep the primers safe. That can get cumbersome.
    Hey, no one ever said it was going to be EASY.
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