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Sheriff Says Exploding Bag Not a 'Booby Trap'

YELLVILLE, AR - Marion County, Ark., Sheriff Roger Vickers said today that an explosion that injured a child in rural Marion County Tuesday was not a “booby trap” and is not cause for alarm of the general public.
YELLVILLE, AR - Sheriff Roger Vickers said Wednesday an explosion that injured a child in rural Marion County Tuesday was not a “booby trap” and is not cause for alarm of the general public.

The blast, caused when the child stepped on or stomped on a sandwich bag that contained a mixture of powders put together to make an “exploding target,” seriously injured the child's right foot and possibly also the left foot and left leg from shrapnel, according to news release from Vickers.

The bag, which was left laying on a cinder block, was not “a random explosive in the woods and there is no need for worry about other devices, meant to cause harm to anyone,,” he said. The names of the child or the homeowner are not being released at this time and the incident is still under investigation, he said.

An exploding target is concocted from common chemicals available at retail that are used for target shooting.
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