Suspicious explosions rock homes in Lincoln County

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LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - The Lincoln County Fire Protection District has responded to a string of explosion calls that turned out to be exploding shooting targets called "Tannerite" targets.

They create an explosion when hit with a high powered rifle. The explosion is useful for long range shooting practice.

Sometimes people put the targets inside vehicles or structures to create larger explosions.

Use of the targets is something that is becoming more common in the area, according to firefighters.

Residents describe hearing loud booms and having their homes shake.

Using the exploding targets is legal anywhere guns cans legally be fired.

Josh Bochert said that a recent explosion shook everything in his home.

"I just heard and loud explosion, and then the plant, ground and pictures on the wall shook," he said. "I did not know what it was, but I called 911." 

Firefighters investigated the explosion and learned it was caused by a Tannerite target.

"It is something we have to investigate, and it takes a lot of man hours," Lincoln County firefighter Barry Nuss said.

Firefighters are asking people using the targets to stay away from homes and to alert them that they are going to be using the targets.

"That way we don't send out seven fire trucks," Nuss said.

Fire officials want people using a large amount of Tannerite to call the non-emergency number (636-528-6100)  before they set it off.