Firecracker blast blows off driver’s hand

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This is just gruesome.. and it makes NO sense.. Why?

January 26, 2014 at 8:58 AM


Firecracker blast blows off driver’s hand

Posted by Seattle Times staff


GENE JOHNSON,
Associated Press

SPOKANE — A powerful firecracker detonated inside a moving vehicle in a Spokane neighborhood and blew off the driver’s hand, with residents rushing to aid the bleeding man, police and neighbors said.

Donald Wilkes, 61, said the blast early Saturday morning rattled his house and woke up everyone inside. When he ran outside, he found the street filled with smoke and a Jeep stopped just against his 6-foot-tall cedar fence.

“I looked around for something that got hit, but there was nothing,” Wilkes said. “My son reached in to pull the keys out of the ignition and make sure he didn’t go anywhere, and that’s when we saw his hand was missing. It blew it right off at his wrist — they found part of it half a block away.”

Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street, police said. There was initial concern over the driver’s intent.

Wilkes’ son, 30-year-old Nicholas, and another neighbor applied a tourniquet to the man’s left arm. The man was stocky, estimated at about 28 to 30 years old, and coherent. But he wouldn’t answer questions about what he had been doing, Wilkes said.

“All he did was look at my son and say, ‘Oh God, oh God.’ He looked like he was going to pass out,” Wilkes said. “My main concern was why he was driving around my neighborhood at 1 in the morning with an explosive device.”

The explosion blew out several of the Jeep’s windows, knocked off its dashboard and splattered blood all over the driver’s side door, he said.

Police and medics arrived within minutes and applied further tourniquets, then brought the man to a hospital, where staff credited the first aid with saving his life.

Officers cordoned off streets in the neighborhood and urged Wilkes’ family to leave, but Wilkes, who has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years, said the bedrooms are on the other side of the house so they eventually just went back to bed.

A bomb squad used a robot to find additional explosives in the Jeep and remained on scene until about 7 a.m. defusing them, Spokane Police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took over after that and would ultimately decide whether to recommend criminal charges.

Cotton called it an isolated incident and said there was no further threat to the community.

Authorities eventually determined the explosion was caused by an M-1000 firecracker, Cotton said.

An M-1000 is a cylindrical firework, sometimes sold in boxes promising “maximum blast, super loud.”

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These things are more like bombs than "firecrackers". When we hear the word firecracker we tend to think of those small ones about 2 inches long, and very thin. These are much bigger and a lot more powerful. I apologize that some of the images in the link are quite nasty looking, but if they serve to prevent one user from blowing his hand to bits, they will have done a good service.

In general fireworks are annoying (especially to cats & dogs) and should not be tolerated by police. It's quite amazing that we hear them all the time, in fact some of my local neighborhood idiots are blasting some right now as I type.
Hopefully, they'll still have both hands intact when they're done.

https://www.google.com/search?q=all...iw=1024&bih=600#q=M-1000+firecracker&tbm=isch
 

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Sounds like someone was up to no good and got bit by his own dog...
 

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What ever stupid shit he was up to I hope it was worth it for him.
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP2xWWLjrak]Blowing Up A Turkey With Fireworks - YouTube[/ame]


if it can do that to a turkey... your hand doesn't stand a chance.
 

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"A fool and their hand are soon parted."

Isn't hard to guess what happened. The moron was going to toss is from the vehicle to scare someone, misgauged the fuse length and lost his hand for it. Just desserts.
 

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"A fool and their hand are soon parted."

Isn't hard to guess what happened. The moron was going to toss is from the vehicle to scare someone, misgauged the fuse length and lost his hand for it. Just desserts.
i am sure his last words were "watch this!"
 

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"A fool and their hand are soon parted."

Isn't hard to guess what happened. The moron was going to toss is from the vehicle to scare someone, misgauged the fuse length and lost his hand for it. Just desserts.
i am sure his last words were "watch this!"
More like, "Hehe, this is gonna be so funny!" And it was. Just not the way he meant. :)
 

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"A fool and their hand are soon parted."

Isn't hard to guess what happened. The moron was going to toss is from the vehicle to scare someone, misgauged the fuse length and lost his hand for it. Just desserts.
i am sure his last words were "watch this!"
Firworks are darwinism at its finest.

I messed around with fireworks when i was a kid, and did some stupid things with them, but there was always a measure of safety INCLUDED in the stupidity.
 

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These things are more like bombs than "firecrackers". When we hear the word firecracker we tend to think of those small ones about 2 inches long, and very thin. These are much bigger and a lot more powerful. I apologize that some of the images in the link are quite nasty looking, but if they serve to prevent one user from blowing his hand to bits, they will have done a good service.

In general fireworks are annoying (especially to cats & dogs) and should not be tolerated by police. It's quite amazing that we hear them all the time, in fact some of my local neighborhood idiots are blasting some right now as I type.
Hopefully, they'll still have both hands intact when they're done.

https://www.google.com/search?q=all...iw=1024&bih=600#q=M-1000+firecracker&tbm=isch

Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought*three pounds of black powder from N.H. fireworks store* - NY Daily News
 

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There is no legal class C firework capable of doing this. The term "fire cracker" is misused.
 

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