Posted by: Seth D. | January 28, 2009

Don’t try this at home kids

This article comes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Police say a Westmoreland County boy who lost his right hand and leg in an explosion has acknowledged playing with a powerful firework and was not targeted or threatened as he first told police.

Latrobe police say the 17-year-old boy was playing with a large firecracker like an M-80 in his grandmother’s house Jan. 10.

The boy kept lighting and extinguishing the fuse and, when it wouldn’t go out, he put the firework between his thighs and covered it with his right hand in hopes of muffling the explosion, police said.

The boy remains in a Pittsburgh hospital with severe injuries to his left leg.

Police say the boy first told them the explosive blew up in a backpack after he was the target of threats from unknown people.

I truly question what makes it seem like a good idea to continue lighting and extinguishing the flame.  Common logic would seem that the fuse would continue getting shorter and closer to blowing up.  Then instead of throwing the firecracker, where it might have caused some damage to the house, you severely injure yourself.

I remember being 17 and I remember playing with firecrackers, but one thing I always understood was get away from things that are going to explode.  I am sure this kid has learned a lesson and hope others learn from the incident as well.


  1. Survival of the fittest.
    He’s 17!!! and hasn’t learned a lesson yet, so i’m guessing he’ll lose his other leg and hand while playing lawn darts with chainsaws.

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