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Exploding shooting targets banned from 12 national forests

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SALMON, Idaho — Federal land managers on Wednesday banned exploding targets used by shooting enthusiasts from 12 national forests in four western U.S. states, saying the devices could spark wildfires and are a threat to public safety.

The prohibition in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and western Wyoming lasts a year and comes as U.S. land managers report a rise in the number of blazes ignited by the targets, which emit a bang and a cloud of smoke when struck by a bullet.

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