Police: Bullets exploding spontaneously now under investigation

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New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)

A police training session has prompted an internal investigation after live ammunition suddenly exploded when a bullet cartridge was removed from a weapon. The incident sent shrapnel from the cartridge into a police officer's protective equipment, though there were no injuries.

The accident happened last week as an Amsterdam tactical unit was training in Ossendrecht, Noord-Brabant. The explosion took place when a clip fell to the ground, police confirmed to both nu.nl and newspaper AD.

¨We want clarity as quickly as possible, because forty-thousand police officers are walking around with these bullets,” a police workers union representative told news website nu.nl.

In confirming the incident, a police spokesperson said this is a relatively isolated occurrence. The spokesperson stated that only a handful of such incidents have taken place over the past three decades.