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    Sled ride kaboom

    File this under: "It sounded like a good idea at the time..."

    Man hurt using explosives in backyard sledding stunt | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

    Posted: 1:45 p.m. Feb. 1, 2010
    Man hurt using explosives in backyard sledding stunt
    BY BILL LAITNER
    FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

    A 62-year-old Independence Township man hosting an outdoor winter party in his backyard was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after the explosive backpack he rigged to power him on a sled exploded, police said.


    Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office responded to the 6000 block of Townview at 7:35 p.m. to aid the party host who had burns over 18% of his body, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said.

    “Apparently, he has this sledding party every year, and he always does outrageous things at it, but he’s never blown himself up before,” McCabe said today. Before the mishap, the man had been drinking, he said.


    The man is thought to have constructed the backpack from a used automotive muffler, which he filled with gasoline and gunpowder, “trying to get a rocket-launch effect,” McCabe said.


    “He asked another person to light a wick and then began to sled down a hill. At some point during the ride, the device exploded,” he said. The man suffered second-degree burns to his face and right side of his body, and possible eye injuries, according to a police memo. He was rushed to POH Medical Center in Pontiac where he was in stable condition today, McCabe said.


    Police did not release the man’s name. No charges have been filed but police are considering whether to charge the man with possession of an explosive device, McCabe said. Officers confiscated the man’s orange plastic sled, a motorcycle helmet he wore during the incident and the muffler-launcher device as evidence, according the a memo from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.
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    Definite Darwin Award candidate!
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    The man is thought to have constructed the backpack from a used automotive muffler, which he filled with gasoline and gunpowder, “trying to get a rocket-launch effect,” McCabe said.
    What?!

    That doesn't even make sense.
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    Definite Darwin Award candidate!
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    Wow.... And I figured it would be a 20-something, not a 62 year old.
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    “Apparently, he has this sledding party every year, and he always does outrageous things at it, but he’s never blown himself up before,” McCabe said today. Before the mishap, the man had been drinking, he said.
    Alcohol gas and gunpowder apparently do not mix very well either,I guess his Nickname will now be Flambo
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Definite Darwin Award candidate!
    Yep......I'll second that.
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    Hey! Watch this.

    (Hold my beer.)

    Could this have been any more predictable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miklcolt45 View Post
    Hey! Watch this.

    (Hold my beer.)

    Could this have been any more predictable?
    A lot of stupid actions are preceded by the phrase '' hold my beer and watch this''.
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    There's got to be video of this somewhere...
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    There's got to be video of this somewhere...
    Reminds me of the Richard Pryor routine after he set himself on fire doing cocaine...

    He lit a match and ran around the stage with several unrepeatable comments...
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    I surely hope he hasn't bred...
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    I agree with this being really stupid, but if he gets charged for possession of an explosive device, that is wrong. He didn't intentionally build one. Do I get charged for making wine if some grape juice goes bad?
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    I feel bad for laughing at the guy... I mean the effect was burning 18% of his body isn't funny but the cause.... lol

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