Apr 9, 2013 11:25 PM by Erin Steuber
For some of you living in Acadia Parish, it's mystery solved. Some have been asking KATC about mysterious, loud "booms" heard over the weekend. So what's to blame?
The cause of the explosions are simple, it's called Tannerite, and it's perfectly legal.
"The main reason I use Tannerite is, number one, shooting distance," said Nicholas Rivoire. "I do a lot of shooting from 300 and 500 meters. It's much easier to see your target blow up then try and look at it through a spotting scoop. The second reason: It's fun. There's nothing wrong with it."
Tannerite is used for long range target practice. On its own, Tannerite is completely harmless, but when mixed with a second compound it creates a sort of black powder, releasing water vapor when it explodes.
"Rounds that reach upwards of 1,200 feet per second will ignite it," said Rivoire. "You can shoot it with a pistol round all day long and it will not go off. The recommended smallest round to shoot is a 223 which is the AR-15, Mini-14, something like that."
According to the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, they receive about 6 calls per month reporting the "booms," and Nicholas Rivoire admits to being the cause of some of those reports.
"We always want you to call if you have concerns and would like to know more about what thr noises are," said Maxine Trahan with the APSO. "We'll send a deputy out to just verify that they are, in fact, dealing with Tannerite."