The Unbelievable Physics Of Ricochets
Ricocheting bullets are feared by even the most experienced soldiers. But although they are unpredictable and extremely dangerous, they also act according to the laws of nature
How rebounding bullets can quickly prove fatal
The time for negotiation is over: Man Haron Monis has just shot one of the 18 hostages he is holding captive –without warning. An elite unit of Australian police officers storms the Lindt cafe in downtown Sydney, firing more than 20 shots at the Islamist terrorist. Thirteen bullets hit him; the rest slam into the walls. Monis is killed and the mission appears to have been a success. But as the smoke clears, the true cost of the operation becomes apparent: three hostages have been injured and 34-year-old Katrina Dawson has been fatally hit. The events of 15th December 2014 end in a bloodbath. Did Monis return fire? No. Forensic analysis reveals that Dawson was “struck by six fragments of a police bullet or bullets, which ricocheted from hard surfaces into her body.” These bullets altered their flight path and flew through the room like shrapnel. But how exactly do ricochets form? Can they be avoided? World of Knowledge explores the physics behind these volatile projectiles.
Bullets can be deadly even after impact. Ricochets can claim more lives than regular shots.