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Dec 30, 2013 1:34 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Police Suspect Exploding Target Materials to Blame for Loud Boom

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police say a loud boom, heard near the 8100 block of Yorktown, Sunday night was likely caused by some sort of exploding target. The owner of the Sharp Shooter, Andy Benning, to find out just what an exploding target is.

"You shoot it and it has a concussion explosion," Benning said.

He explains that an exploding target is made up of two chemicals that can explode when combined together.

"The one brand Tannerite it's in two particulars you mix it together, it's inert when separate," he said.

Benning says having an exploding target can pinpoint a shot from long range. But, even with all the rifles in stock in his shop, you won't find Tannerite, a type of explosive gun powder on his shelves.

"Somebody will shoot it on my range here and that would be catastrophic or it'll get misused," Benning added.

Now, Tannerite is just one type of brand of the explosive material that can be bought over the counter and other stores in town.

"Some of the other box stores some of the gun shops etc. It's intent was to make little targets that you could set out at little ranges and it's more dramatic when you hit it," Benning added.

Dramatic and loud as many residents in the Yorktown and Roddfield area heard and felt the impact. It's impact or concussion that's necessary to set off an exploding target.

"It takes concussion to set it off," Benning said.

He explains that there are plenty of alternatives to follow target practice that actually move or make noise. Benning recommends using non-explosive targets, simply because they're safer.

The investigation into the exact cause of loud blast on the city's south side, is being handled by federal and local police.

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