25-year-old Javarksi Sandy, of St. Petersburg, Florida, took the ammunition magazine containing four bullets out of his .45-caliber Glock handgun. He put the magazine in the oven and the handgun in a drawer.
Later that evening Sandy and his friend, 18-year-old Aalya Walker, decided to have some waffles. So Walker turned the oven on. Walker was injured when the bullets exploded, hitting her with shrapnel in her leg and chest.
Walker took the bus to the hospital where she was treated and released. Sandy, who has a concealed weapons permit, was not charged in the incident.
Bullets can explode at temperatures as low as 280 degrees. The tv show MythBusters recreated this very situation in 2007. They found that while the bullets exploded in an oven, "without a gun barrel to contain and direct the propellant gases, the bullets did not develop enough speed" to be fatal and that "the shell casing actually caused more damage than the bullets." However, they found that a loaded gun put in an oven "automatically discharged and sent the bullet out of the oven, which could potentially kill anybody who happened to be standing in front of the oven."