by David Safier
The Sunflower Fire in Tonto National Forest was started by Steven Craig Shiflet, who fired an "incendiary shotgun shell" during a bachelor party.
Shiflet loaded the incendiary shell, which was advertised to shoot "100 feet of fire," and blasted it into the brush. When the fire flared up, the men unsuccessfully tried to stomp it out, the site reports.
While shooting out "100 feet of fire" around flammable vegetation is incredibly stupid, apparently that's not the only way gunshots start fires. When steel bullets hit rocks, they can send out sparks which ignite nearby brush.
I imagine the NRA would tell us, "Guns don't start fires. People start fires." But when people who are idiots play with guns . . .