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.50 BMG incendiary round embedded in man’s skull ?


This man was passing time by attempting to make an ashtray out of a .50 caliber Browning machine gun round. This apparently involved taking a blowtorch to the live round, which ended up triggering the cartridge (as ammunition is wont to do around fire).

The cartridge wound up directly adjacent to several nerves and two arteries. Due to swelling, it could not be immediately removed, and had to be left in place during recovery. However, the damage to the man’s blood vessels was too great, and on the ninth day of recovery he died of a massive hemorrhage.

[From the Otis Archives of the Army Medical Center]

 

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