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Several mysterious booms heard in Chesterfield and the Tri-Cities were likely caused by exploding targets made with tannerite.
Tannerite targets can be bought over-the-counter at sporting goods stores, usually in half-pound or pound jars. However, bulk exploding tannerite targets are available online.
Justin Watkins, 28, fired off 20 pounds of tannerite Saturday afternoon. Watkins says he and many neighbors in the area shoot off the loud, exploding targets in the woods. Tannerite targets are perfectly legal, if used properly.
"We spent close to $100 on just 20 pounds of (tannerite)," said Watkins.
Neighbors were certainly shocked by Saturday's blast and the series of explosions heard intermittently over the last few weeks.
"It was like an explosion and it startled us. It shook the house
, and we weren't sure what it was," said Beth Wilson, who was rattled after the big boom on Saturday.
All the 'booms' cannot be attributed to exploding tannerite because they don't fit the description of loud booms that "shake houses" and are heard "around the county and beyond". Here are two videos of 20 pounds of tannerite exploding:
It's quite loud, and indeed it could shake a nearby house, but it's not going to be heard for miles around and it's not going to startle people if they're used to tannerite going off.