03 Oct '11, 6am

Going out with a bang: For a fee, US company turns cremated ashes into ammunition that loved ones can fire at will

MOBILE, Alabama (REUTERS) - There's something to be said for going out with a bang. Two Alabama game wardens have devised a smoking send-off for avid hunters and gun enthusiasts. For a small fee, they will turn cremated ashes into ammunition that the deceased's loved ones can fire at will. Since it launched in Jyly Holy Smoke LLC has had only two clients, but founders Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell said they have seen an uptick in prearrangements thanks to word-of-mouth and a recent flurry of international press. 'It's about celebrating life,' Mr Holmes, a 16-year state conservation officer, said on Friday. 'We know how strange it sounds to people who aren't comfortable around guns, but for those who are, it's not weird at all.' Four years in the making, Holy Smoke was born during a late-night stakeout to thwart illegal hunting. Mr Parnell had recently lost a family member, ...

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