Two Kansas City police officers who thought they were being shot at from inside a van returned fire Thursday night.
Only later did police realize that the van was actually backfiring and the man inside was not armed. He was not injured by the shots fired by police.
Now, I've heard a few cars backfire in the day, and I've heard a mess of gunshots in my time, and to me they don't sound similar at all. Of course, I've never been dispatched to a scene where shots were allegedly fired, either, so I really can't comment as to the effect that adding adrenaline to the mix might have.
In a way, it's a testament to modern cars that this was even an issue. A vehicle "backfiring" - unburnt fuel making it to the exhaust system and being ignited there rather than inside the engine - is so rare that it stands out, as opposed to the earlier days of internal combustion engines where a car backfiring was often a plot device. Cars have gotten so much more efficient that a backfire is a rare event, which is kind of cool when you think about it.
Of course, not for the poor SOB in the van, who most likely needs a new pair of underpants right now...
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