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first_img Friday 23 Jun 2017, 7:57 AM HANDHELD CROSSBOWS THAT can fire out needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China – but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse.Selling online and in shops for as little as seven yuan (around €1), so-called toothpick crossbows were originally designed to shoot out just that – toothpicks.But if swapped out for needles they are powerful enough to crack glass, according to the Shanghai Daily newspaper.The paper quoted shop owners as saying they were selling out of the “toys” fast and struggling to meet demand.Other Chinese state media said the mini crossbows can fire at a distance of more than 20 metres and shoot iron nails in place of toothpicks.“The ‘Toothpick Crossbow’ toy has spread across China like wildfire among the nation’s primary and middle school children,” said the Shanghai Daily. Toothpick crossbows are the latest craze in China – and parents are worried “When the toothpick is swapped for a metal needle it becomes a dangerous weapon,” one newspaper warned. Image: Shutterstock/Satit Pecharut 🇨🇳 Toothpick crossbow that can shoot iron nails more than 20 metres (65 feet) the latest must-have toy in China https://t.co/z9PkpigjOB pic.twitter.com/duoHeZxoBF— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 22, 2017 27,818 Views The unusual shooting toy may be very small but it is powerful enough to puncture a balloon and pierce cardboard. And when the toothpick is swapped for a metal needle it becomes a dangerous weapon. Jun 23rd 2017, 7:57 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3459428 Image: Shutterstock/Satit Pecharut Short URL Police in Chengdu, a major city in China’s southwest, have reportedly stopped sales of the product and concerned parents across the country want the government to issue a nationwide ban.“Hurry up (and ban them), pupils do not understand and are just shooting people for fun. It will cause accidents sooner or later,” one parent wrote on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like website.Another worried onlooker wrote:Our primary school began to investigate this from Monday and they’re very dangerous.© – AFP 2017Read: Donald Tusk welcomes Ireland’s ‘young, energetic’ new Taoiseach to Brussels >Read: A ‘hard Brexit’ could hit Ireland’s budget to the tune €500 million over three years > By AFP Source: AFP news agency/Twitter 26 Comments Share15 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

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