Stray bullet comes through Palo Alto roof
Original post made on Jan 3, 2008
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on Jan 3, 2008 at 3:46 pm
This seems like a good show idea for mythbusters. It is surprising that it came through the ceiling. It must have had a shallow trajectory. You would think a bullet fired towards the sky would expend all of its energy from the gunpowder, then begin a free-fall back to earth. A 200 grain .45 caliber round weighs approximately .4 ounces. Here's where I need the assistance of some Stanford types who remember their physics classes. Something that weighs about 12 grams traveling at terminal velocity - could it really pierce the roof of a typical house? It reminds me of the penny falling off of the Sears Tower problem. I'm not saying it didn't happen - I mean if they found the bullet inside their house it got their somehow, but I'd just like to understand the physics of that.
If the path were more shallow, the bullet would hit the apex of its arc and lose some energy but not all, then would it pick up speed on the way down?
In any case, people who fire guns in the air are dangerous morons, and belong in jail.
on Jan 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm
A good answer, I think:
on Jan 3, 2008 at 4:23 pm
About five years ago around New Years a stray bullet came through the roof of my lanai. There wasn't much the Police could do about it, but obviously around New Years people are celebrating and shooting into the air. My Husband repaired the hole in the roof. End of story!!!