Pro Tip: Don’t Eat On Top of Your Gun Safe

Amy Wood, the wife of an Idaho state legislator Fred Wood, suffered second degree burns to her face and arms when the couple’s “gun safe room” exploded as they were eating on the patio above. “(Burley Fire Chief Keith) Martin said an explosion from a room that was converted to a gun safe lifted up the patio slab at the back of the home and collapsed the patio roof. Martin said the patio slab appeared to be the roof of the gun safe room. Amy Wood was on the patio when the explosion occurred. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.” Just a guess, but there was apparently a reloading operation in the safe room, too. What else could trigger that kind of mini Hiroshima? “(T)he owners of the home at 100 S. 147 E. were eating dinner when ‘they heard a sound like a 747 coming from the basement.’” The Woods will apparently be dining in the kitchen in the immediate future.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    Maybe blackpowder? If you have enough primers stored with the powder would that cause an explosion and not a flash fire? My reloading experience was on a fairly small scale.

    1. avatar kb says:

      The only way the powders would cause an explosion like that would be if they were stored in a locked safe. Otherwise the pressure would not build up so as to actually “explode.”

      Think of it as a giant pipe bomb.

  2. avatar PANTERA VAZQUEZ says:

    DUH. Let me put the bbq on TOP of where I keep guns, ammo-oh and incidentally, I also reload there.

    DUH. Sweetheart, I know the fireworks are below, but I feel this is the perfect spot for the grill, pass the lighter please.

    DUH. Gunpowder dust + fire = Hasta la vista, baby

    DUH. Safety lesson here?

    1. avatar Steve (CT) says:

      Unless there was some sort of ventilation duct to the patio, I fail to see how the flame from the grill would propagate thru a 4″ to 6″(?) concrete slab. What’s so ‘DUH’ & aren’t you making assumptions without evidence?

  3. avatar matt says:

    a lot of premixed binary explosives?

  4. avatar cz82mak says:

    See, gun rooms do go off all by themselves.

  5. “Just a guess, but there was apparently a reloading operation in the safe room, too. What else could trigger that kind of mini Hiroshima?”

    The explosion may be totally unrelated to firearms or ammunition–it could have been a natural gas leak. It’s late, but as I read the article I see no mention of a reloading operation.

    It is more dangerous to change a light bulb than to reload ammunition. Let’s wait until all the facts are in.

  6. avatar Buzzy243 says:

    I can’t believe that this was related to ammunition or reloading. Ammunition and reloading components don’t just set themselves off. And if they did it wouldn’t create an explosion such as the one described. Meth labs explode, but not cans of smokeless powder sitting in the basement.

  7. avatar DaveL says:

    Like the guy who supposedly burned his arm when a shotshell fell off his workbench and went off on impact, there’s got to be something more to this story. Good luck getting them to admit to it, though.

  8. avatar Don says:

    Maybe they were just cleaning it and it went off?……..I hear it happens all the time.

  9. avatar Don says:

    Maybe they were just cleaning it and it went off? Ihear it happens all the time.

  10. avatar bontai Joe says:

    There has to be more going on here that we don’t know about. Could be totally accidental like bad wiring making a spark that started a fire, or could be that this guy was making pipe bombs in preparation for when “they” come, or a couple of dozen other reasons. One I am 99.999999% sure of is that if properly stored, his powder and ammo didn’t just decide to blow up on its own.

  11. avatar Jesse says:

    Looks like the room just blew up all by itself according to this one….

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