Man Charged After Gun Hidden in Oven Goes Off, Injuring 2 Boys
Saturday, March 22, 2008
CHICAGO — Chicago police say two children were injured when a loaded handgun hidden inside an oven discharged when the stove was heated for cooking.
Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Smith of Chicago has been charged with two counts of endangering the life of a child.
Police spokesman Marcel Bright says Smith apparently had hidden the gun in the oven.
The injured children's sister was cooking Friday afternoon when the gun went off. A 4-year-old boy is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg. His 12-year-old brother was struck on the forehead by a fragment from the gun. He has been treated and released.
Smith, a convicted felon on parole, also was charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
It was not immediately clear if Smith was represented by an attorney.
I think I remember an epispde of Mythbusters where they did the same thing. Well, aside from the felony, the 4 year old, and the resulting charges that is.
Yes they did.
Myth: An oven door can stop bullets. BUSTED. The oven door failed to stop .38 caliber rounds, .357 magnum rounds, and shotgun shells. The only exception was that the .22 caliber pistol rounds were unable to pierce the steel part of the oven door.
Myth: Bullets can explode with lethal force if they are stored inside a hot oven. BUSTED. The Mythbusters placed a .22 caliber, .44 caliber, and .50 caliber bullet inside an oven. All of the bullets exploded once the oven was hot enough, but none of them were able to penetrate the oven. Without a gun barrel to contain and direct the propellant gases, the bullets did not develop enough speed to pierce the glass or steel portions of the oven. The cartridge casings actually caused more damage than the bullets.
Myth: A gun can fire a bullet with lethal force if stored inside a hot oven. CONFIRMED. The Mythbusters placed a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside a hot oven pointing towards the oven door. Once the temperature was high enough, the gun automatically discharged and sent the bullet out of the oven, which could potentially kill anybody who happened to be standing in front of the oven.
Myth: Bullets thrown into an open fire can explode with lethal force. BUSTED. The Mythbusters dropped a box of bullets with varying calibers directly into an open fire. While many of the bullets immediately discharged, it appeared that none of the bullets could be lethal. Like the oven test, most of the damage was being dealt by the cartridge casings, which could not travel fast enough to be lethal. However, they determined that the bullets could cause many non-lethal injuries.