You may recall that, back in January, I showed an educational video demonstrating how ammunition will react in a house fire. It was based on research and testing by Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI). If your ammunition is NOT chambered in a firearm, the powder will likely ignite, but will not reach high enough velocity, in most cases, to even go through a piece of drywall. The story is very different if you have a chambered round in a gun, in this case a fire will cause a round to fire as it normally would if the trigger were pulled.
UPDATE: Shawn from over at LooseRounds.com shared a classic firearm reference with me called “Hatcher’s Notebook” it was first published in 1947 by retired Army Major General Julian Hatcher. Start reading around page 526 for more detailed information on this topic, as it does validate the info in the SAAMI video I shared previously.
In Colorado, the Aurora Fire Department has contained a house fire last Saturday morning that destroyed the garage of the house. The fire department says there were ‘multiple rounds’ of ammunition inside the house on the 4600 block of Norfolk Way. Witnesses said they could hear the ammunition go off as firefighters poured water on the house. One man inside the home was transported to a local hospital to be treated for burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Read more via 9news.com.
To me it sounds like microwave popcorn – and I would be leery of going near the structure, even given the above information from SAAMI. Watch the video to hear the ammunition igniting in the fire.
Are you a firefighter or do you know a firefighter? If a homeowner tells you there is ammo in the home – what do you do? How dangerous is it really? I could like to hear from those with first hand experience.