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Gun magazine left in St. Petersburg oven explodes

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Published:   |   Updated: March 4, 2013 at 04:01 PM
ST. PETERSBURG -

Aalaya Walker got hungry while visiting a friend Monday evening, so the pair decided to make waffles in his oven.

Unfortunately, the friend forgot he had left a high-capacity magazine for his Glock .45-caliber handgun in there, according to St. Petersburg police.

A few moments after Walker, 18, preheated the oven in the apartment, at 218 24th St. N., there was an explosion. Walker was peppered with shell casing fragments though technically not shot – and she took a bus to St. Anthony’s Hospital, a police report says.

She said she knew she was struck with fragments of a shell casing because she was able to pick them out of her skin.

Walker sustained superficial wounds from shell casing fragments.

Her friend, Jarvarski Sandy, 25, told police he had left his Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun in a separate location in the apartment but had put the magazine, with four rounds in it, in the oven, the police report says.

No charges were filed. Sandy, who works at a Wal-Mart store, has no criminal record and a concealed weapons permit.

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