`A military shell given to a group of children by a neighbor exploded while they played with it, killing two children and injuring five others, police and witnesses said.
Police were investigating the cause of Tuesday’s explosion, which damaged homes and forced neighbors to wrap bloodied and dazed children in blankets. [..]
Sendejo told The Bakersfield Californian that he thought the shell was spent and often used it as a “conversation piece.” He said the firing pin and bottom shell casing had been removed, along with the gun powder inside.
“I thought it was harmless,” he told the newspaper.’