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Boy says squeezing bullet made it explode

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A young boy is recovering after he says a bullet exploded in his hand after he squeezed it. A young boy is recovering after he says a bullet exploded in his hand after he squeezed it.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A young boy is recovering after he says a bullet exploded in his hand after he squeezed it.

Derick Currie, the boy's father, said his son is going to recover from his injuries though he may get punished for playing with a very dangerous object.

Leo the pit-bull guards the house where the 11-year-old nearly lost his hand.

Currie's son spent most of Monday night at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, but was recovering at home Tuesday.

Currie showed what's left of the bullet to Action News 5. The point was flattened and the casing was mangled during the accident that injured the boy's thumb and forefinger.

Investigators say they never found a gun after the accident and that the child told them that he simply squeezed the bullet and it went off in his hand.

Experts say it typically requires fire, a spark, or some sort excessive heat to set off a bullet without a gun. Currie said he's still talking to his son, searching for an explanation about how it happened and where the bullet came from in the first place.

"He said he found it in his room, but I don't know where he got it from," Currie said.

Currie said that he's taught his children that guns and ammunition aren't toys.

"He know exactly not to be messing with no bullets," Currie said. "We don't promote nobody playing with guns in our house."

Police say their investigation is ongoing, but at this point, the boy's injuries appear to be the result of an accident and will likely not result in arrests or criminal charges.

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