Target shooting starts wildfires...???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dragonfly, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

  2. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    You bet'cha, I just had the experience with a couple of neighbors earlier this spring. They were shooting their AR at a target without a backstop and it started a fire 100 yards or so further back in the woods. We had a dry winter with no snow (lousy winter) and the leaves were dry as a bone.

    They were shooting regular fmj bullets. It's the rocks that they hit and splintered that cought the leaves on fire. Luckily only an acre was damaged due to the quick reply from the local fire company.

    Unfortunatly, the neighbors didn't help at all to try to contain it until the fire department arrived, and just sat there and watched. [beat]

    If the right conditions exist, stuff happens quickly.
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  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Projectiles impart lots of energy, upon encountering a solid Object. That energy gets converted to Heat, and that Heat can cause surrounding flammable materials to exceed their Flash Temperature. Then you have a fire. Simple Physics. ...... YMMV.....
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  4. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    News media said they were target shooting in a dump.

    Anti Gun Media said "GUNFIRE STARTS FIRE"

    I guess its all in the holder of the pen.
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