posted on Apr, 15 2010 @ 09:37 AM
Originally posted by ShadowArcher
reply to post by highlyoriginal
Ok, I googled it. Other than my 'what goes up must come down' being berated in the first, I was right:
How stuff works
There you are. It disturbs me a little that someone who is supposedly so familiar with guns doesn't realise that bullets kill people. Air resistance
does not change this. The likelihood of death is lowered a little, that's all.
[edit on 15-4-2010 by ShadowArcher]
From your first link:
"In rural areas, the chance of hitting someone is remote because the number of people is low."
Basically, I guess I explained myself wrong. It really depends where you are when you shoot a gun into the air and on the angle you shoot it at. I
personally don't make it a habit of shooting up in the air, so I don't know why you'd find it disturbing, not to mention people have been known to
celebrate by shooting into the air and I've never heard of someone getting killed like this, so I don't think it's much of an issue - especially in
a wooded area...
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
reply to post by highlyoriginal
hi - i can explain the ` railway caps ` - they are tied to the track about 1 km rom the scene of major works - and several more are placed nearer
thier purpose is 2 fold
1 - to alert the driver that he is approaching track works - yes he should have read the days bulletin and should have seen the signal - but the caps
are the ` last warning `
2 - they are t alert the rail track workers - the cloasest caps to them have 2 or 3 set just a meter or so apart - and if they hear the sudden report
of the last line of caps going off - its thier cue to drop everything and vacate the track
hope that helps - as i have not been able to watch the vid on this connection - so i cannot comment on what the sounds may have been
but hopefully that explains how / why rail warning caps are used and when
Thanks for explaining that. I think after you hear the video however you will agree that it sounds more like a gunshot, but then again I'll have to
wait and see, I admit I've never heard these 'caps' before so I could be wrong.
ALLisONE, I truly doubt it was a flare. Notice the reactions of the people in the video, the are running away from the sound of the gunshot, or
whatever you want to say it is. It is too bad we don't have more footage to watch, maybe that would help explain more about what occurred.
As I said I could be wrong about it being a gunshot, but it surely sounds like gunshots, and as I also stated the sound seems to reverberate around
the woods in a way that whatever shot off did not get shot upwards. Like I said I know the sounds of a gun going off in a wooded area, I shoot at a
local gun-club that has outdoor shooting which is surrounded by the woods. Not to mention if it was a flare being shot into the air I think the
camera man would have put the camera upwards after seeing it, the sound is close enough to them that I'm fairly sure they'd have known/seen it was a
flare... but once again the footage is lacking more detail for us to make a definitive choice on what we're hearing.