It's been an interesting week for aficionados of loud bangs.
First off, a Taliban suicide bomber offed himself and a bunch of terrorist colleagues.
A Taliban suicide bomber accidentally killed himself and eight fellow militants after triggering his explosives vest by mistake.
The jihadist fighters had been ordered to carry out an attack in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, but all died before their got there.
However, one of the militants detonated his vest shortly after leaving a Taliban base in Dasht-e-Archi, triggering everyone else's explosives, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.
I wonder if he qualified for his 72 virgins if he screwed up that badly?
Next, a dumbass in Baltimore learned that his fake suicide bomb vest was, indeed, dangerous - to him.
Finally, an instructor at 'a federal law enforcement agency' (unspecified) thought he'd loaded his shotgun, for demonstration purposes, with dummy rounds. He hadn't.
The firearms instructor brought an ammo can full of clear dummy rounds with him. Spoiler Alert: Almost all of them were dummy rounds.
The instructor loaded his Remington 870 shotgun from the ammo can and began to demonstrate its operation. There was a loud noise and a hole appeared in the wall in front of the shotgun.
I hope the instructor took a moment to talk about shotgun penetration in residential walls. This was a teachable moment. None of the pellets made it to the class full of students across the hall. Anything other than bird shot would have probably produced casualties.
There's more at the link. It's well worth reading in full, to get the author's safety suggestions and re-examine your own firearm handling and demonstration practices in the light of what could have been a very nasty incident indeed.