Forget about fidget spinners– there’s a new children’s toy that is rapidly gaining popularity known as the “Toothpick crossbow” that poses a high risk of injury to kids.
These toys could very well become as popular as fidget spinners among kids in the U.S. and parents in China are actually pushing for the government to ban the popular toy out of fear that it could severely injure children.
The “Toothpick Crossbow” toy has spread across China like wildfire among the nation’s primary and middle school children. 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. Tests have revealed that a needle can crack a sheet of glass if it is fired straight at it, the Shanghai Daily reported.
The handheld crossbows can shoot out toothpicks a distance of more than 65 feet!
The toy can be bought for as little as $1 and is spreading so quickly across China, store owners have said they’ve quickly sold out. Internet videos are giving step-by-step instructions on how to make a handheld crossbow at home, Fox reports.
Parents say that children don’t understand the danger and shoot people for fun.
Police in Chengdu, a major southwestern Chinese city, reportedly have stopped sales of the product.
any parents have expressed their anger over the dangerous toy and highlighted the consequences if one of the crossbow’s arrows happens to be accidentally shot straight into a child’s eye. They believe the gimmick should not be regarded as a toy and called on government regulators to ban it before someone gets injured.
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