'Loud bangs' draw warning from police

Dec 18, 2012

Rockland — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office recently has attempted to investigate complaints of “loud bangs," or what sounds to some as explosives going off in the middle of the county.

On Dec. 17, a complaint came in from the North Union Road area in Union, and there were reports of the same noise being heard in Waldoboro and St. George, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

"Thanks to a citizen, who will remain anonymous, it has been discovered that the noise being heard and 'felt' in some cases, as it is disturbingly loud, is from products known as 'exploding targets' and is being detonated in gravel pits in Warren," the release stated.

This is a product that is purchased legally at sporting goods stores. Tannerite is one of the brand names of this product.

"We are not aware at this time who the participants are, but feel it necessary to get the information out as soon as possible as we do not want to see anyone get hurt from this product," the release stated.

There are two potentially dangerous situations. The first being that the explosive product detonates by being shot at with a gun. The second, the explosion it creates has been described as “heart-stopping” from the percussion it creates when it explodes. As stated the explosion Dec. 17 was heard in Union and was detonated in Warren.

"The Knox County Sheriff’s Office will proceed according to law in enforcing the efforts of trying to keep people safe. Hopefully, those using this product will see this and act accordingly," the release stated.

If anyone has any further information regarding this action please call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 593-9132.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Dallas Fields | Dec 21, 2012 12:27

What is the law concerning using a legal product on private land? Did they do anything wrong? The article quotes the Sheriff's office as saying "Hopefully, those using this product will see this and act accordingly,".



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