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The U.S. Forest Service has banned exploding targets in Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, and part of eastern California because of wildfire and public safety concerns.
Some target shooters use exploding targets because they contain chemicals that mix when struck by a bullet and create a loud bang and big puff of smoke. But the Forest Service says exploding targets the past two years have started at least 16 wildfires in Western states that cost $33 million to fight. The ban is already in effect in several other states.
Intermountain Region Forester Nora Rasure issued the ban, which started Wednesday and runs through July 22, 2015.