Sunday, July 4, 2010

Personification of stupidity: man blows off arm with fireworks

New York police reported that a man using a 3-foot long tube to shoot fireworks out of has blown off his left arm at a Long Island party, the Washington Post reports.
Suffolk County police say 36-year-old Eric Smith was using a 3-foot long metal tube to shoot mortars from the street near his Islip (EYE'-slip) Terrace home around 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
Police believe he leaned over the device to ignite it and didn't get out of the way before an explosive shot out of the launcher. His left arm was severed at the shoulder.
The man was taken to hospital in serious condition while his friends, poor fellows, tried to save his arm by wrapping it in ice. Police say that another man was also taken to the hospital, but the Washington Post is unsure as to why this occurred.
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