Now for those of you who are geographically challenged West Melton is about 20K south west of Christchurch heading towards the West Coast. There has been an Army Rifle Range there since Adam was a Cowboy. Those of my generation would be hard pressed to recall any habitation close to the range area.
Times change and West Melton has seen an 'explosion' (excuse the pun) in life style blocks. Every one of those buyers has been fully aware of the range area close at hand.
And now per courtesy of TV1 we see how grenade explosions at the range are causing further damage to homes with one home owner pointing to cracks in her walls with the clear inference that it is an uncaring Army at fault.
Give me a break please. Someone will correct me if I am wrong but the nearest civilian habitation to the grenade throwing area is about 1k away. The grenades in use today have lethal range of 6m; can cause casualties up to 15m and have a safety radius of 30m. They contain 62 grams of explosive. A good fart after a better night out could probably cause more damage at twice the distance.
But never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Shame on TV1 and a pox on lazy journos who haven't got the wit nor intelligence to critically analyse that fed to them by 'interested' parties (who perhaps didn't bother to insure their house and are now angling for Mr & Mrs Taxpayer to pick up the tab).
Now that would be REAL investigative journalism.