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.[Previous TGIS]
“Apparently, he has this sledding party every year, and he always does outrageous things at it, but he’s never blown himself up before,” [Oakland County Undersheriff Mike] 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.
05 February 2010
TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (256)
This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of The Detroit Free Press (from Monday, February 1; link good at time of posting):