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Thread: Mom Killed At Paintball Birthday Party

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    An accident with a paintball gun left a mother dead on her son's 10th birthday, after the paintball battle had drawn to a close. 

    Colette Contois was killed instantly when the carbon dioxide canister that powered the gun of one of her son's friends unexpectedly separated from the weapon and hit her in the back of the head. 

    "Our whole lives changed as we know it," said her husband, Mark, who buried his wife nine days after the birthday party. Most paintball players don't know of the potential deadly danger of the canisters.
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    That sucks.

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    I have a propane-powered air gun.

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    damn!!!!!
    THATS SUCKS

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    A terrible accident. I wouldn't call for extra cotton wool to wrap people in as a result of it though.

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    Colette Contois was not the first person to die from a paintball accident involving an ejected CO2 canister. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it is investigating five more paintball gun incidents, including the death of a 15-year-old who was struck in the head by an ejected canister.
    A terrible accident. I wouldn't call for extra cotton wool to wrap people in as a result of it though
    I would.

    I dont know anything about this game, but dont they wear helmets ??

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    Probably not when they're breaking down the guns.

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    Originally posted by Evil Gemini@29 February 2004 - 22:51
    Colette Contois was not the first person to die from a paintball accident involving an ejected CO2 canister. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it is investigating five more paintball gun incidents, including the death of a 15-year-old who was struck in the head by an ejected canister.
    A terrible accident. I wouldn't call for extra cotton wool to wrap people in as a result of it though
    I would.

    I dont know anything about this game, but dont they wear helmets ??
    No there are no helmets required.
    I play this at least 8 times in spring and summer.
    You required to have goggles and a breathable mask to protect your whole face.
    Once I was shot at an angle from behind and the paint hit between my ear and the mask and splattered inside the mask.

    What a shot!!!!
    Silly bitch, your weapons cannot harm me. Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, Bitchhhh!

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    According to the article, some of those paint ball guns can fire the paint pellets at speeds over 200mph. For what is largely supposed to be a bit of fun that seems to me to be hugely excessive.

    If the gun involved in this incident was of that type it will be hardly surprising if the CO2 canister proves to have been dangerously overpressurized. I can think of no other reason why the canister should be ejected with such force.
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    Originally posted by lynx@1 March 2004 - 10:23
    If the gun involved in this incident was of that type it will be hardly surprising if the CO2 canister proves to have been dangerously overpressurized. I can think of no other reason why the canister should be ejected with such force.
    I would agree; though in my youth I went through a period of enthrallment with CO2-powered pellet guns, etc., and was well aware of the care needed in handling/using CO2 cartridges.

    News stories about eyes being put out were fairly common.

    Sounds like "Mom" was incredibly unlucky, too, in this instance.
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    Of course, the equipment is are largely safe if used and maintained correctly, it is just that people are occasionally and tragically unlucky.

    We cannot stop people from doing everything that might be a bit dodgy, we wouldn't want to get out of bed in the morning!

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