Sunday, April 10, 2016

From the Dumb File: Man's leg severed while blowing up lawn mower

You can't make up stupid like this. Today's "Dumb File" is one from Athens, Georgia with a gun-happy guy who wanted to blow up a lawnmower. The story is below from Online Athens. 

Walton County man's leg severed while blowing up lawn mower

SOURCE: On-line Athens, March 24, 2016 (URL below)
Walton County, Georgia

A 32-year-old Walton County man's leg was severed just below the knee by a piece of shrapnel when he and his friends blew up a lawn mower.

The men were using Tannerite to blow up the riding mower, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Tannerite is a combination of chemicals sold legally at most gun and sporting goods stores.

David Thomas Presley was airlifted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, where his condition was unavailable Wednesday.

Deputies were called to the wooded location about 3:50 p.m. on Emmett Doster Road between Monroe and Bethlehem, according to the report.

One of the men at the site explained they put about three pounds of Tannerite inside the mower and Presley was shooting a gun at the Tannerite to ignite an explosion.

When a piece of the metal sheared Presley’s leg off, the friends placed him in a vehicle and drove to the end of a driveway, where they were met by an ambulance, according to the report.
The witnesses videotaped the explosion, deputies said.

Sheriff Joe Chapman told Atlanta TV Fox News that Presley was standing about 30 yards from the mower when it exploded.

Tannerite is composed of two chemicals and only explodes if hit by a high velocity object such as bullet. The mixture is sold as an exploding target. One state, Maryland, has banned its sale to the public except those with a license to have explosives.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office urged users on its Facebook page to be careful with the substance.
“Yes, it is legal and no, we can’t make people stop doing it. But why folks, just why,” the post read. “Please adhere to the warnings and use this dangerous material with caution or maybe consider other less dangerous hobbies.”

About six months ago near Muskegon, Mich., a man had his leg severed when he used Tannerite to blow up a 55-gallon metal drum, according to a report by Muskegon’s Fox 32. That man was standing about 50 yards away from the drum.

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