Reader David Brown read a recent article at newsherald.com about a house fire that consumed the owner’s stock of ammo and supposedly kept firefighters out. As the article relates, “Flames cooked off an unknown quantity of various caliber ammunition in the home, sending slugs and shells flying haphazardly into the air.” Having read this kind of thing before, David needs to get something off of his chest: “I’m sure most of the intelligentsia is aware but as this story falsely states bullets shoot about when a cartridge is cooked off outside a firearm. Brass fragments? Hell yeah. But the only way a bullet will travel with any velocity is when it is in the chamber of a firearm. The brass is merely a gasket and will blow to pieces way before even the slightest amount of pressure is built to launch the projectile. I hear this myth way too often.” Feel better now, Dave?