Case ReportsBall of Death A Fatal Case Report on Accidental Death of a Child After Crude Bomb ExplosionNaveen, Alagarasan MD∗; Sahu, Manas Ranjan MD∗; Maharik, Sasank Shekhar MD∗,†; Mohanty, Manoj Kumar MD∗; Padhi, Kimi Soumya MBBS∗ Author Information From the ∗Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences †IMS & SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Manuscript received July 20, 2021; accepted August 21, 2021. The authors report no conflict of interest. Reprints: Manas Ranjan Sahu, MD, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Third Floor, Academic Block, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Sijua, Patrapada, Odisha 751019, India. E-mail: [email protected]. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2022 - Volume 43 - Issue 2 - p 199-203 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000728 Buy Metrics Abstract Crude bombs are country-made explosive weapons, usually prepared from locally available materials such as firecrackers or explosives used in mines. These are generally concealed inside the fruits, such as jackfruit, pineapple, and watermelon, to kill wild boars or other animals by poachers in India. Occasionally, crude bombs are remodeled resembling fruit or a ball and placed on the fields, where animals usually raid their crops. Such crude bombs may result in accidental explosions and contribute to the death of unintended targets, including humans. Despite these sporadic incidents reported in media, scientific data are lacking. Here, we report a young child who sustained injuries after an accidental explosion of such a crude bomb. It exploded when the child apparently mistook it for a ball and grasped it firmly while playing with his brother. This case is the first to report the accidental death of a child after the crude bomb's fatal explosion to the best of our knowledge. This report also briefly overviews the emerging menace of crude bombs in India. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.