Skip to comments.TX: Twelve-year-old Boy Ignites .22 Cartridge with Cigarette Lighter
Posted on 06/20/2014 4:39:11 AM PDT by marktwain
In the story out of Texas, the boy's mother drives him to the hospital. The deputy interviewing the young man found out how he was injured. From thevindicator.com:
Deputy Hobson stated that upon interviewing the young man as to how he got injured from the bullet, the young boy told Dep. Hobson that he had held a cigarette lighter under a .22 caliber bullet to see what would happen. The bullet exploded sending bullet fragments through his left middle finger and lodging in the left eye lid.There are a couple of lessons here. The first is not to try to set off cartridges outside of a firearm in close proximity to your flesh. A .22 does not have a lot of gunpowder in it, but it is enough to cause minor injuries if it is in contact with flesh when it goes off. If you are more than five feet away from it when it happens, presuming that it is not contained in the chamber of a firearm, your risk is minimal. Surprisingly, the tiny .22 rimfire seems to entail a bit more risk than centerfire cartridges. The case is very thin and light, and is more likely to rupture or develop enough velocity to be dangerous.
Primers in a vise was one of my childhood favorites.
Hey, it’s just a brass firecracker, right?
Hold muh juice box and watch this?
That sounds almost as stupid as a few things I did as a kid.
A pretty dumb thing to do. A smart kid would have found a way to not hold the round in his hand while he torched it.
That said, kids do dumb stuff. I remember when my son was about 5 or 6. We heard him screaming and crying in the kitchen and holding his thumb and forefinger. Imprinted on each digit was the outline of the head of a bobby pin burned into the skin. He had spread the ends and poked it in a kitchen island electrical outlet that just happened to be right at his chest level. As he stood there crying I said, “I bet you won’t do that again, will you.” He stood there sobbing and shaking his head “no”.
Years later I asked him what in the heck possessed him to do that. He said he saw something in a Science Fiction movie that he wanted to recreate. It was a mad scientist’s “Jacob’s Ladder”.........well, he got what he went for, but it was just too fast for him to see it.
Will the mother now sue the store stating that their was no signage warning not to put a flame source under a cartridge?
The real question here is where did he find enough .22lr to waste any?
Actually it’s sort of a miracle that I have all my body parts in working order. Speaking of my childhood, it’s also sort of astounding what 6” of copper pipe, black powder, lamp cord and pencil lead can do in response to a 9v battery
As long as it doesn’t kill or severely injure them experience is a great teacher.
You would be surprised at how little respect the 22 cartridge gets. It may not have much powder or a heavy bullet, but that lil sucker will kick that little bullet out at super sonic speeds for a mile or more.
In one they put various calibers of ammunition in a barrel and set it on fire, showing that the bullets don't go whizzing off as if they were shot from a gun.
In another one they shot various firearms into a pool showing how far the rounds would typically penetrate into the water.....
.22LR can certainly be deadly when fired from the barrel of a gun. But outside of a gun barrel there is insufficient pressure to send the projectile at anything close to supersonic speed. Thus, the “brass firecracker” comments.
We used to take cases apart and collect a bunch of powder, to light.
Then we tried this with model rocket engines.
When I was a kid there was always plenty of 22 ammo around. I used to throw them on the pavement and make them go off, and sometimes I’d put them in the woodstove.
Crazy as could be, but no one ever got hurt.
Somehow, that combined with the following created a desire to bring them both together.
The width of my finger and chain-ring nicely bridged across those two terminals.
I wore the burn marks from that immediately heated chain for a long time. You could clearly see each individual link where it was touching my skin.
Seemed a good idea at the time. I don't know why. Maybe I thought it would be Green Lantern type of ring afterwards.
we did the model rocket thing. Crushed a few of them up and sparked it off. One kid got too close and lost his eyebrows and threw his hairline back a few inches. Wonder if it ever grew back?
Then we tried this with model rocket engines.
And don’t smash blanks with rocks!
I don’t get why was the police involved at all?
A kid was playing with a bullet like he shouldn’t have been doing. It went off. He got some shrapnel.
Whats it the police’s business?
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