Stray bullet ignites $30,000 worth of fireworks in Washington.

Some late-night target practice almost put a hole in two…

Some late-night target practice almost put a hole in two major Fourth of July shows.

The ricocheting bullet set off $30,000 worth of stored fireworks and left a crater-sized hole, but celebration organizers in Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island say the shows will go on.

According to officials, the owner of Belfair Truck & Auto Wrecking said that he and his daughter were target shooting with a new rifle at around 1 a.m. — setting off a cargo container of fireworks stored on the property.

“He claims he fired at a junk car in the wrecking yard, and the bullet must have ricocheted off that,” said Ron Krell, president of Viking Fest Corp., which puts on the Third of July show in Poulsbo. He described the incident as “one of those one-in-a-million chances.”

Source: Katie Scaff for Kitsap Sun/Firehouse.com.

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  • kurt

    These aren’t ricochets, these are people using tracer rounds. At 7$ a box its cheap to shoot. Plus this was at night, when tracer rounds are the coolest. Dumb people are wrecking it for the rest of us.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    because we always shoot our new rifles at 1 am because the lighting is better with our beer goggles