A couple of kids thought it would be fun to costruct a pipe-bomb. They use a pound of pyrodex as the charge, pyrodex is a brand of modern firearm propellant*, this is available over the counter across the union, policy regarding sales to minor vary.
So they take it out back, and try to blow up a wooden model house, knowing little of the horrors of shrapnel. A piece of debris travelled 110 horizontal feet before striking and killing one of them. Kids just don't realize what kind of horrible hazard shrapnel is, it traveles at enormous speeds and -unlike bullets- the pieces are irregular, warped and razor sharp. Even a small piece can cause severe high velocity larcerations.
If you don't believe me, you can take a look at the following images. Beware: these are EXTREMELY graphic, horrible to look at and will climax to a picture that has sent people scrambeling for a toilet at the end of the page.
That very last picture is what happens when a pipe-bomb goes of in your vicinity, the investigators of the case at hand say that the kids pipe-bomb was poweful enough to destroy a car. I have a hard time believing that a single pound of propellant could do that, but it could certainly tear somebody to shreds as seen on the consequences page.
Now, people try to tell me that there wouldn't be so many, if any mass killings without guns, they say that no other kind of weapon can be so destructive, efficient, brutal. I know they are wrong. They say that preventing the insane and the criminal from getting firearms will render them harmless, and render me safe. I know that is wrong.
People who are full of hate and/or rage WILL find a way to hurt other people. If that means learning how to manufacture an explosive device, than that they will do.
*the article sais that pyrodex is a black powder substitute, it should be noted that blackpowder (no space) is an entirely diferent substance, wich is ironically gray. It's called blackpowder because the inventor, a german monk, was named Schwarz (black in German),