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Exploding targets banned in Colorado forests due to wildfire concerns

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DENVER -- Exploding targets will soon be forbidden in the Rocky Mountain Forest Service area.

The U.S. Attorney's Office joined forced with other agencies to announce the ban on Monday. The impetuous behind the ban, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, is the potential the targets have to spark wildfires.

"Exploding targets have started at least 16 wildfires since 2012 on Forest Service lands in 8 western states, with 7 of those fires occurring in the Rocky Mountain Region causing the federal government to spend approximately $33.6 million in suppression costs," the U.S. Attorney's Office wrote in a release.

Exploding targets are cylinders that have two inert compounds inside that, when mixed, explode when hit by a bullet.

Last month the federal land managers banned explosive targets in Washington and Idaho over concerns that they can start a wildfire. Exploding targets are blamed for starting about six wildfires in Washington and Idaho over the past year.

The ban will impact all forests in the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Region including Wyoming, parts of Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.

if caught using an exploding target, the user can face a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment of not more than 6 months.

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