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Exploded machine gun bullet hurts Illinois reservist, family

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The Associated Press 6:59 p.m. EDT March 23, 2015

LINDENHURST, Ill. — Police say a machine gun bullet that exploded after it was lit with a blow torch injured a military reservist, his sister and parents in northern Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Lindenhurst police received 911 calls Saturday night of homes and windows “shaking” and a “loud explosion.” According to police, the 25-year-old military reservist lit the bullet in his backyard and thought it would act like a flare or firework.

Police say the reservist and his 23-year-old sister were taken to the hospital. They were released as of Sunday morning. Lindenhurst Police Cmdr. George Moravec says the parents were hurt but “self-treated” their injuries.

Moravec says the reservist recently served in Afghanistan and returned home with the bullet in fall 2014.

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