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article imageBullet spontaneously explodes in woman's purse as she shops

By Leigh Goessl     Jun 12, 2012 in Odd News
Williamsport - A bullet spontaneously exploded in a woman's purse as she was shopping in a Pennsylvania Lowe's store this past weekend.
According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, the explosion happened at about 2 p.m. on Sunday. Police said the woman did not have a gun on her person.
"She did not have a gun in her purse or on her," Montoursville Deputy Police Chief Jason Bentley said, adding that the woman was not even aware she had two to three bullets in her purse.
"Something must of hit the primer of one of the bullets," Bentley said. "The bullet stayed in the purse, but its casing put a hole in the purse and caused a minor leg wound," he added.
The woman's identity has not been released by authorities, but it has been reported she is 56-years-old.
Bullets exploding in this fashion are not common, but not totally unheard of either. According to UPI, in Aug. 2010 a California court clerk was injured after a bullet exploded when she dropped an evidence envelope in which the bullet had been stored.
In Apr. 2012, a weightlifter in Modesto, Calif. claimed he was injured when a dumbbell fell on a .22 caliber bullet located in his apartment, injuring his shoulder. Police were skeptical but could find no evidence to the contrary in that instance. The case was closed after an investigation.
As for the Pennsylvania woman, initially, she did not seek medical treatment for the injury to her leg, but at about 5 p.m., reportedly her son convinced his mother to go to a local medical center. She was treated and discharged from the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Bentley said.
No word on what else may have been carried in her purse.
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