A NEW SCHOOLBOARD TOY: HOW MUCH DOES THE POCKET ARBALET WORK AND HOW
Small crossbows that fit in the palm of your hand have become an incredibly popular trend in the summer of 2017. The new invention is very popular among Chinese students, but experts are already ringing all the bells.
After the novelty appeared, Chinese experts began to warn that this toy is very dangerous and should not be sold.
Schoolchildren’s dangerous craze, pocket crossbows, can trigger toothpicks, nails and needles.
But what exactly is this innovation, how does the crossbow work, and what harm can it do?
Tiny crossbows, at first glance – harmless toys. But in fact, they can lead to serious injuries.
“These tiny crossbows are capable of firing sharp arrows, which can cause bodily harm to others, are especially unsafe for the eyes. They should not enter the “big market” as toys for children and should be banned ”,
says Dr. Gary Smith, head of the committee for the prevention of childhood injuries.
Toothpick crossbow – A palm-sized plastic attribute equipped with a metal corrugated track that guides a small arrow, such as a toothpick, needle, or nail. They can shoot at a distance of 9 to 12 meters.
Arrows not only have a wide range, but can also pierce an apple and cardboard. The tests were carried out in one of the largest publications – Shanghai Daily.
This novelty is already equated with the famous toy of the 90s – a slingshot.
Pocket crossbows have not yet appeared in Europe and the United States, but have become a huge quirk in China, where kiosks near schools sell toys for just $ 1.
“Business owners should not sell toys that are physically or mentally harmful to minors,”
– said the Administration of Industry and Trade in Sichuan.