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25 years ago: Local boy injured when playing with discarded explosives

May 20, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 20, 1988:

  • A 12-year-old Douglas County boy had been injured this week when setting off an explosive device found in his neighborhood. Officers from the Douglas County Sheriff's office said that the boy had suffered burns to his hands, face, and chest when he had broken open the explosive and ignited the gunpowder that had spilled out. Another boy had discovered the explosives near his own home and had reportedly brought them to school and given them to several friends. A spokesman at the Kansas National Guard Armory said that the explosives, shaped like a shotgun shell but with the power of an M-80 firecracker, were used to train military troops how to operate missile launchers.
  • A recent national study had shown an increased interest among U.S. shoppers in the nutritional content of the foods they were buying. The annual survey of grocery-shoppers had found "dynamic increases" in customer awareness of health issues such as fat, salt, and sugar content in foods.

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