Man Fires Blank To Celebrate 4th Of July, Injures Great-Granddaughter

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July 5, 2013 1:59 p.m.
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Baltimore man Lassiter Basket, 82, was careful to use blanks and shoot indoors when he fired his handgun to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Baltimore Sun reported. Fragments of a blank moved through his great-granddaughter’s bedroom wall, and burned into her wrists and leg. 

“[Blanks are] just as dangerous. As you can see they can hurt people as well,” Baltimore police spokeswoman Det. Angela Carter-Watson told the Baltimore Sun. 

The 17-year-old suffered minor injuries and was brought to a local hospital Thursday evening.

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