I attend training sessions of many clubs so I get to see a lot of things. At one session, a gunner blew up his gun. OK, this happens. I saw someone blow up a K80 at a shoot. So, what makes this incident at a training session special? THIS WAS A POPPER GUN AT THE DEAD BIRD STATION FIRING BLANK LOADS.
Many feel that because they are blanks, they are safe. WRONG! Obviously a wad stuck in the end of the barrel, maybe three inches from the muzzle. The barrel burst extends for about five inches along the barrel resulting in shredding of the barrel ("spidering"). The muzzle end of the shotgun blew off. There are three pieces---muzzle end, rest of barrel, and a missing piece.
Why would I be especially concerned? In this day and age of limited shooting opportunities leading to limited "gun savvy" many do not know enough to check their shotgun barrel when something happens---dropped gun, muzzle into a snow bank, bad sounding load, etc. Add to this the number of adolescents that help out as well as adults in the dead bird station.
I would recommend to all clubs to instruct the help as to when and why they should inspect their gun barrels and how to use a dowel stick to clear an obstruction.
OK, nobody got hurt but I see potential for a disaster. If I can I will get a picture of the gun.