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Sheriff Targets Those Behind "Mysterious Booms"

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The Cherokee County sheriff says he'll start arresting anyone who shoots exploding gun targets late at night because he thinks it's a breach of peace.

For weeks, even months, folks around Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties have complained about "mysterious booms" late at night, some of which are so powerful that homes shake.

Several weeks ago, 7 On Your Side discovered something called Tannerite was the likely culprit of the booms. Tannerite -- and other similar products -- are exploding gun targets that can make quit an impression.

When packed together, these targets become super powerful, enough to blow up pianos, trees, and even cars -- as demonstrated in numerous online videos.

This past weekend, Sheriff Steve Mueller says his department responded to 12 calls from people complaining of the loud booms late at night. Mueller says it's tying up valuable resources and possibly preventing people with real emergencies from getting through on 911. 

Mueller says his deputies were able to pinpoint a piece of land where tannerite was being shot by a group of people. The sheriff says he personally called the landowner this week and warned him not to shoot after dark, and warned that if he does again, he'd be arrested for breach of peace.

Shooting the gun targets during the daytime present no problem, the sheriff said, but those who choose to blast when the sun goes down could face jail time.

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