A few residents in the Walnut Hills subdivision have complained about hearing “explosion” sounds at night during the past week, but Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said the subjects are within their legal rights.
Bond, who lives in the area, said there have been occurrences of people firing exploding targets, which are used to eliminate tree stumps. He explained that the targets are placed on the stump, then the subject shoots the stump, which then explodes. It is believed the recent incidents near Walnut Hills are people combining several targets together, intensifying the explosion sound.
While the sound may not be pleasant to hear at night — Bond said he heard two Monday night between 9 and 11 p.m. — Bond said the targets are legal to purchase and use.
“The items are legal to purchase, and so just doing that is not illegal. The problem comes in disturbing other people’s peace,” Bond said. “Over the summer we’ve had a couple incidents where it was occurring in the wee hours of the morning or late at night; deputies responded out on those type of things, but actually using them in itself is not illegal.”
Bond said he knows of only one person who has reported hearing the explosion sounds to the Sheriff’s Office. They came in person to report the incident Tuesday morning, about 12 hours after hearing the sounds.
“I encourage residents if they are have that happen and they can identify where it is coming from, for them to call the office immediately,” Bond said. “The person that came in (Tuesday) was complaining about it, at that point in time it was 12-15 hours old, which makes it difficult for us to potentially run down who’s actually doing it. The other thing is, because it is not illegal to possess or discharge, we have to have an identifiable complainant willing to press charges for disturbing the peace. We need cooperation from the public, on a timely basis and then being willing to prosecute.”
If anyone would like to report hearing the “explosions” or has any information about the incidents, call the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office at 660-827-4001.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.