Tue 03-10-98 12:10 pm

POTATO GUNS LINKED TO INCREASE IN EYE TRAUMA (EMBARGOED UNTIL 4 A.M., EST, MARCH 12)

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tuber or not tuber? That’s the question parents may start asking about potato guns.

A report in the upcoming Journal Of The American Academy of Ophthalmology says potato guns – those toys which shoot pellets of potatoes as far as 900 feet – may be responsible for an increasing number of eye injuries among children.

In one case cited by the Journal, a 14-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the eye with a potato gun suffered life-threatening trauma, including skull fractures, multiple nasal injuries and a severed right eye that had to be surgically removed.

The damage caused by the pellet may sound like a potato version of the “Magic Bullet” that killed JFK, but it’s no laughing matter.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms doesn’t classify potato guns as firearms, but the ophthalmology group says potato guns pose a threat nonetheless.

Parents should be aware of the dangers and know that directions for making such tuber-shooting devices are available on the internet.

CONTACT: Kimberly Westhoff (AAO Press Contact); San Francisco, CA; (415) ***-****

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