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  •  BTW, 'blanks' are not harmless (33+ / 0-)

    I work in the film/television industry and have been on many sets where blanks have been fired, hundreds if not thousands of times over the years. There is often a 'wad' in the round to keep the powder in place, which is ejected when fired; unburnt powder is also ejected at high speed, and the gases from the fired round are the same as from a 'real' round, and can cause damage too. Blanks are not fired directly at an actor for these reasons, and everyone is usually behind plexiglas screens for protection.

    In recent years at least 2 high profile cases of actors being killed by 'blank' rounds have occurred; Jon-Erik Hexum, who thinking a 'blank' round was 'safe', put a .44 Magnum to his temple and fired, and the gases from the round blew a hole in his skull, killing him. Brandon Lee, on the set of 'The Crow', was killed when another actor fired a blank round directly at him in a scene - the gun hadn't been properly checked, and a piece of debris in the barrel was propelled just like a bullet into his chest.

    In this Oregon case, who was responsible for checking these 'blank' rounds used by the 'actors'? If just one person screwed up and one live round had been accidentally mixed in, think of what could have happened. This kind of stupidity should be absolutely unacceptable, and everyone involved should be fired.

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    by Fordmandalay on Thu May 02, 2013 at 06:20:33 PM PDT

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