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Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Jan;83(1):283-4.

Can a falling bullet be lethal at terminal velocity? Cardiac injury caused by a celebratory bullet.

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Synergy Medical Education Alliance, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.


This is a case report of rare cardiac and abdominal organ injuries sustained by an innocent bystander from a New Year's Eve celebratory gun shooting. The force and velocity of a projectile fired into the air as it ascends and returns to earth, along with its potential for bodily injury will be reviewed.

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