Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Spud Guns Trigger School Safety Alert; Police Confiscate Two Primary School Students' Weapons

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Spud Guns Trigger School Safety Alert; Police Confiscate Two Primary School Students' Weapons

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POLICE were called in to investigate after two primary school students took home-made spud guns to Redbank State School.

Springfield Sergeant Dave McDonald said police were alerted after two young students were found with the improvised weapons.

A spud gun or potato cannon is a pipe-based device which uses air pressure or combustion of a gaseous fuel to launch projectiles.

Objects such as potatoes or tennis balls are put in one end and the device is activated by putting gas into the other end then lighting it with a spark, commonly from a unit similar to those used to start gas stoves.

Videos on the internet show them being made with household materials and firing a potato almost 200m.

C[pounds sterling]Police went to the school and recovered some items,C[yen] Sgt McDonald said. C[pounds sterling]They were spud guns, but we don't know the circumstances they were found in.

C[pounds sterling]It might have just been misplaced juvenile behaviourC[yen]

He said the police CPIU (Child Protection Investigation Unit) and EQ (Education Queensland) were investigating. …

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