“A bachelor-bachelorette party was in progress at the residence on the farm where Jeffrey Taylor, 47, of Utica kept some cattle. When Taylor and his sons arrived in the evening to tend the cattle, they were invited to stop by the party before leaving, Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen said,” according to winondailynews.com. “As Taylor and his sons prepared to leave, some of the party-goers were shooting exploding targets with a high-powered rifle, Jensen said. Taylor joined a group of spectators standing behind the shooter . . .
Just before 9 p.m. a shot exploded a target and Taylor immediately collapsed with a wound to the abdomen, Jensen said. He was driven to a nearby location where the Rushford Ambulance and Mayo 1 helicopter attended to him. He was pronounced dead at that location.
Notice the bit about “high-powered rifle.” It’s too bad the shooter who set-off the explosion that killed Mr. Taylor didn’t take advantage of the firearm’s stand-off capabilities to ensure safety for all concerned.
Not that the rifle or the Tannerite itself is not to blame, obviously. Jeffrey Taylor was killed by shrapnel caused by an explosion intentionally detonated by one of the participants. Critically, the police report doesn’t reveal Taylor’s proximity to the blast or what materials the Tannerite was in on or near.
As the official website points out, Tannerite is an extremely stable substance that will not start fires. It is, however, an explosive. We’ve warned readers about its potential for unleashing shrapnel, specifically criticizing FPS Russia’s videos for his cavalier attitude towards cinematic explosions. [Click here for our August 2012 post on the Tannerite blast that wounded Kyle’s cameraman.]
As you no doubt realize, this tragic incident may lead to a ban on Tannerite in certain states or localities, or new regulations regarding its sale or use. There’s bound to be a run on the product. Be that as it may, always wear eye and ear protection. Beware of your target and what’s in front of it. You.