There’s a popular new toy in China that makes fidget spinners look like Mr. Potato Head in terms of potential danger.
The toothpick crossbow reportedly sells for as little as $1 in China and is DEFINITELY not something children should be allowed to have.
Online videos show the miniature weapons propelling toothpicks, and other even more dangerous pointed projectiles, like nails and needles, into all sorts of things that are much harder than human flesh, like aluminum cans, balloons, apples and cardboard. There’s even a video of one breaking a light bulb!
Sure enough, pretty much the worst case scenario already played out when a 10-year-old Chinese boy, playing with his classmates, received a crossbow toothpick to the eye, damaging his cornea.
The trend is believed to have started in the city of Chengdu where authorities have been working to shut down production and confiscate the “toys” from stores. Other popular Chinese e-commerce sites have also started blocking sales, and in the province of Macau, police have warned that use of the crossbows may even be criminal.
There are ways our kids can get their hands on these in Canada, but we’re not about to provide you any leads on that front. If the “older children” in your life need one of these, just make sure they keep it out of the hands of actual children.