Which came first, the chicken or the egg? There was a fire in a backyard shed in Burbank, California, and during that fire, some ammunition burned/exploded/discharged. That’s undisputed. However, depending on which story you read, the ammunition either caused the fire, or simply burned up during the fire. NBC Los Angeles says that “ammunition that was stored inside [the shed] discharged and sparked a fire, officials said.” However . . .
the Burbank Leader has a quote from Captain Peter Hendrickson of the Burbank Fire Department, saying “The ammunition was set off due to the heat of the fire.” The difference is, of course, only the FUD that is caused by the way the NBC story is written. In any case, the structure was a loss, but no injuries were reported and the fire didn’t hurt any of the surrounding houses.
Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes to you from Apache Junction, Arizona. Normally I’d say “outside of” or “a suburb of” a more well-known city to help those unfamiliar, but in this case I’m not sure which city to pick. I had no idea that Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, and Glendale, Arizona were all part of the same major metro, and within a 20-mile circle. Anyway, Apache Junction is on the east side of that metro. Two schools were locked down Wednesday during Cactus Canyon Junior High’s 8th-grade promotion ceremony after police received a report of a man carrying a weapon. The other school locked down was Apache Junction High School, where the ceremony was taking place. The lockdown lasted about forty minutes at both schools, during which police located the man in question, and found no signs (yet again) of any weapons. As is becoming par for the course in these things, the district’s statement ends with the comment that “At no time were any students or staff members in danger.” [h/t BC]
The Elko (NV) Free Press demonstrates what is so rarely seen in journalism these days, an article that serves the public and is informative, even if it’s not the kind of thing that bleeds and snags eyeballs. It’s a short reminder on the differences between .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATO, and why it’s OK to shoot .223 in 5.56 chambers but not the reverse. While reading it, I couldn’t help but think that the chances of seeing something like this in The Orlando Slantinel ranged from zero to “are you kidding me?”
The Ohio state legislature is considering a bill that would legalize suppressors for hunters. Local12.com says that even without the passage of the bill, they’ve become a fast-selling, hot-ticket item. One of the sponsors of the bill, John Becker, admits that he’s not a hunter or a “gun guy,” but thinks that the difference that suppressors can make when it comes to hearing loss justifies the bill. Local12 went to the local range to test out a Gemtech .22LR suppressor, and were pleasantly surprised at how much of a difference it made. This is how we’re going to win this battle, folks, by making it about health & safety. The one quibble I have with their article is that they matter-of-factly describe the process of dealing with the ATF, and how it will take “close to nine months” to get federal approval, without mentioning the wrongness of that timeframe.
The Yankee Marshal presents his Z.U.E.S. (Zombie Urban Evasion System). He describes it as a tactical device designed to attach comfortably and securely to the lower extremities of survivalists and maximize their speed and mobility in urban environments while fleeing Zombie hordes.
Whaddaya think? I’ll take two.
MattV2099 finally broke his GLOCK-brand GLOCK 17. He’s taking this opportunity while he’s replacing the parts to relube it to factory specs, and get it back in full working order. [Language]
See? Good as new.