Binary exploding targets banned in Kamloops Fire Centre

By James Peters
June 16, 2016 - 9:44am Updated: June 16, 2016 - 5:43pm

KAMLOOPS — As of noon today, the Kamloops Fire Centre is banning the use of binary exploding targets.

When a marksman hits one of the targets, two compounds mix together leading to a small explosion that tells the shooter the target has been hit.

Fire Information Officer Kelsey Winter says this is the first time the devices have been banned in the Kamloops area.

"It is definitely on our radar. In the Southeast Fire Centre and Coastal Fire Centre, they have already included binary exploding targets in the prohibition," said Winter. "It's not a new thing, but we're just seeing a higher use of them this summer already and it's already causing some concerns with wildfires."

Winter says binary exploding targets have already led to three suspected wildfire starts in the local fire centre this season.

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