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(Medford Mail Tribune)   Attention fireworks enthusiasts: There's a very good reason why mortars are launched from tubes and have extra long wicks. So if one doesn't fire, taking it out of the tube and lighting the 1/4" of remaining wick is not advisable   (mailtribune.com) divider line 146
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2013-06-30 01:14:55 PM  

jmr61: You people know WAY too much about fireworks.

I quit thinking about them when I was about 14.


You're a liar liar, and we know why your pants are on fire.
 
2013-06-30 01:17:25 PM  
This genius was 37. I wonder how he ever made it past the teenage years?
 
2013-06-30 01:18:50 PM  
I think this is the first time I have literally facepalmed upon reading a headline.
 
2013-06-30 01:22:26 PM  
Hold my beer and watch this...
 
2013-06-30 01:24:19 PM  

badhatharry: Mortars are serious business. This doesn't make sense to people today since you don't need a background check to buy it. Don't fark around with them. Make sure you use them correctly and place them on a firm level base. I have seen one fall over and bombard the crowd. It was like a Vietnam movie with explosions and people diving for cover.


I love watching stupid people injure themselves, however. Between my neighborhood and the Internet, it's practically a hobby.

And this time of year is holiday season for my hobby. There's nothing like the rash of injuries that occur in the Puget Sound area this time of year. I wish we had holiday carols for the "Exploding Idjits Day" weekend.
 
2013-06-30 01:27:58 PM  
Only 100 or so of these left at the convienience store around the corner.
www.kgfireworks.com

But nothing beats snakes and sparklers.
 
2013-06-30 01:29:27 PM  

legion_of_doo: Godscrack: "Please enable Javascript"

lol No.

I was able to read it for a moment before the browser wiped out the text & told me to enable JavaScript in order for the website to "function properly".


Screw websites that do that. Copypasta below.


Man loses hand after illegal firework goes offJune 28, 2013
A Medford man had his hand blown off by an illegal firework early today and is now being treated at Oregon Health and Science University, police reported.

Medford police said David Jerald Jenkins, 37, tried to relight a mortar that had failed to ignite in the driveway of a home in the 200 block of Mace Road at 12:22 a.m. The firework only had about one-quarter inch of fuse left and exploded in Jenkins' hand.

"I saw the pictures. It's a devastating injury. A majority of the hand is gone," said Lt. Mike Budreau.

Police said Jenkins and others originally had been attempting to light an aerial-display rocket, which failed.

"They tried to light it, (and) it dudded out," Budreau said. "It didn't launch into the air. It just kind of flew into the driveway."

Police reported that Jenkins removed the explosive mortar from the top of the rocket and put it in his garage. After about two hours of drinking with the others, he came back out and lit the removed shell, resulting in the explosion, police said.

"This is one of the more graphic injuries I've actually seen where somebody has survived," Budreau said.

Jenkins was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center before being transported to OHSU for further treatment. OHSU officials said this afternoon that he is receiving treatment at the hospital, so no word on his condition was available.

Police also cited Jenkins for illegal possession of fireworks, a violation that carries a $250 base fine.

Police have seized a limited amount to illegal fireworks this year as Independence Day approaches. Budreau thinks that will change, as 2012 yielded a particularly high number of confiscations.

"We are really going to have a no-tolerance policy this year," Budreau said. We've been a little loose in years past."

Consumer fireworks that explode, fly into the air, travel more than 6 feet horizontally or travel more than 12 inches vertically from the ignition point are illegal under Oregon law.

- Ryan Pfeil
 
2013-06-30 01:31:56 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Only 100 or so of these left at the convienience store around the corner.
[www.kgfireworks.com image 287x584]

But nothing beats snakes and sparklers.


Here in Canadia, family fireworks that include aerial shells must also include the mortar for the shell.  They come as a package.  No reusable mortars here for family fireworks.  The mortars are usually cardboard.

I was an amateur pyrotechnician myself--ran my own pyro lab.  Shot my own hand-built shows on my
  37 acre property out in the country for many years.  Miss that.  Miss it a lot.  Still have all my fingers,
  despite making/launching shells up to 6".  One of those goes off in your hand, and you're a dead man.


/divorced.  Now I live in a crappy little rental house in the middle of town....
 
2013-06-30 01:36:07 PM  
this dude will end up with a fat disability check.  thanks alot obama!
 
2013-06-30 01:37:21 PM  

LargeCanine: Fuse, not wick.


Wick = flame
Fuse = boom.

/irritates me too
 
2013-06-30 01:41:50 PM  

destrip: What bothered me almost as much as a person losing his hand was the fact that the cops had to go for the revenue grubbing opportunity anyway. isn't loss of a major body part enough of a lesson learned?


Plus it's going to be hard to handle all those bills with only one hand.
 
2013-06-30 01:46:23 PM  

Rabbitgod: Darwin can't win them all it seems.


Yeah, but he got a piece of that one.
 
2013-06-30 01:46:47 PM  
"Medford police said David Jerald Jenkins, 37, tried to relight a mortar that had failed to ignite in the driveway of a home...."

Reportedly, spectators saw his running toward the explosion while yelling, "LEEEEEEEEEEEEEROY JENKINS!"
 
2013-06-30 01:52:40 PM  

orezona: Mortars are awesome when they blow up on land.


Yes they are. As a child I was watching a show when suddenly there was a pause and I saw people running like hell away from where they were launching the shells. A couple of seconds later, there was a beautiful hemisphere of expanding stars covering the whole field. I don't think anybody was hurt, but some people probably needed a change of underwear.
 
2013-06-30 01:55:42 PM  

My Yali or Yours: This should not be condoned.
Please, no one give him a hand.


We are building a fireworks show of extraordinary magnitude. We forge our tradition in the spirit of our ancestors. You have our gratitude.
 
2013-06-30 02:02:12 PM  

FormlessOne: badhatharry: Mortars are serious business. This doesn't make sense to people today since you don't need a background check to buy it. Don't fark around with them. Make sure you use them correctly and place them on a firm level base. I have seen one fall over and bombard the crowd. It was like a Vietnam movie with explosions and people diving for cover.

I love watching stupid people injure themselves, however. Between my neighborhood and the Internet, it's practically a hobby.

And this time of year is holiday season for my hobby. There's nothing like the rash of injuries that occur in the Puget Sound area this time of year. I wish we had holiday carols for the "Exploding Idjits Day" weekend.



The downside is, we're all probably chipping in for their medical bills, disability pay, etc. Schadenfreude can be an expensive hobby in modern society.
 
2013-06-30 02:03:11 PM  

skinink: "Medford police said David Jerald Jenkins, 37, tried to relight a mortar that had failed to ignite in the driveway of a home...."

Reportedly, spectators saw his running toward the explosion while yelling, "LEEEEEEEEEEEEEROY JENKINS!"



I'm so very glad that someone else "saw" the word "Leroy" in that name.
 
2013-06-30 02:06:35 PM  

The water was cold: I think this goes beyond "FAIL", and deserves the "DUMBASS" tag.


/At least he didn't try to imitate the Jackass stunt

// Come to think of it, maybe he should have


Perhaps a failed Darwin?
 
2013-06-30 02:15:57 PM  

bunner: You know how, like, when you go to a huge fireworks display, there's some cats in overalls with safety goggles and they have this huge, elevated platform and all the mortar launchers are wired with LoVo driven pyro matches and they have permits and key operated trigger consoles and redundant wiring and sensors and sh*t?  There a reason for that.  True fact.


cdn.500.co

Agrees.
 
2013-06-30 02:23:46 PM  

bunner: You know how, like, when you go to a huge fireworks display, there's some cats in overalls with safety goggles and they have this huge, elevated platform and all the mortar launchers are wired with LoVo driven pyro matches and they have permits and key operated trigger consoles and redundant wiring and sensors and sh*t?  There a reason for that.  True fact.


Umm...they're not all wired to squibs. We hand light a few many times as well.
 
2013-06-30 02:38:12 PM  
simple rule: any firework once lit that does not ignite goes in the bucket of water and everything at the end of the show is soak with the water hose just to ensure no issues.
 
2013-06-30 02:41:42 PM  
Gee, all I got to play with was TNT, C4, Primacord and blasting caps.

Been a while.

/downside of civilian life
 
2013-06-30 02:44:34 PM  
Remember why we do this. It's Independence Day. Appreciate your freedom to recreate the rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air.

Quoting the national anthem probably got me flagged by Prism.
 
2013-06-30 02:46:19 PM  

Vitiare: This headline makes no sense.


It's east coast humor.
 
2013-06-30 02:51:59 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: This is why I am in charge of the Brother In law's fireworks show. I'm one of the few sober people there. No one is allowed to light off ANYTHING without my say so and supervision. We draw chalk lines on the driveway for the kids to queue up, then we have a 'launch box' for the kids where they are to light whatever fireworks they bring to the box.

A few years back one of the kids snuck off with a bunch of Black Cats after I continually warned him not to light them off until it was his turn and I could watch. No more than an hour goes by and he's running to his mom crying his eyes out because one went off in his hand. Not only did he get singed fingers, but his mom chewed him out for doing it. In his defense, the kid is a firebug, almost to the point of Trashcan Man from The Stand.

Aside from that little brat, no other injuries at all, I always put on a great display with about 600 Mortars (I take the time to actually make them mesh when they explode and try to time them... fuses make it tricky to be 'professional'), and everyone enjoys the display.


This is why I'm in charge of the firework show: I give black cats and a lighter to little boys and tell them not to light them!
 
2013-06-30 02:56:00 PM  
I imagine they will ban the sale of fireworks soon as that is what the Boston bomber deekheads used.
 
2013-06-30 02:58:01 PM  

uatuba: Umm...they're not all wired to squibs. We hand light a few many times as well.


God bless you.  I wouldn't/
 
2013-06-30 03:00:40 PM  

muck4doo: Vitiare: This headline makes no sense.

It's east coast humor.


For more of a try you should sneer and say "Mmmmm yes, Americans..."

/It will be funny
 
2013-06-30 03:02:53 PM  

fjnorton: I imagine they will ban the sale of fireworks soon as that is what the Boston bomber deekheads used.


CA and NY don't need no bombers to start banning stuff. That's how far behind your state is.
 
2013-06-30 03:04:45 PM  
Stupid hicks. "Ermagerd We gerts a bermb! Nehr we kern ban fire works!"
 
2013-06-30 03:05:12 PM  
"They tried to light it, (and) it dudded out," Budreau said. "It didn't launch into the air. It just kind of flew into the driveway."

Sounds like the lift charge misfired, barely ejecting the shell from the mortar tube and and failing to light burst charge fuse.

The burst charge was never meant to be lit by a human being.  The fuse timing is too short.  The charge is too strong.

It sounds like this guy held the unfired shell in his hand, and lit the fuse.  The mass of his hand would have at least partially confined the burst charge, causing it to explode with more force than the manufacturer ever intended.  So his flesh gets blown off his bones, all with a cheery shower of sparks and colored stars.  Yay!

Now we have another accident to add to the books, making it that much harder for the rest of us to buy anything cool.  Thanks, idiot.

/ It's supposed to be "oooh, ahhh" not "OWWW AAAHHHHHHH!"
 
2013-06-30 03:06:33 PM  

studebaker hoch: "They tried to light it, (and) it dudded out," Budreau said. "It didn't launch into the air. It just kind of flew into the driveway."

Sounds like the lift charge misfired, barely ejecting the shell from the mortar tube and and failing to light burst charge fuse.

The burst charge was never meant to be lit by a human being.  The fuse timing is too short.  The charge is too strong.

It sounds like this guy held the unfired shell in his hand, and lit the fuse.  The mass of his hand would have at least partially confined the burst charge, causing it to explode with more force than the manufacturer ever intended.  So his flesh gets blown off his bones, all with a cheery shower of sparks and colored stars.  Yay!

Now we have another accident to add to the books, making it that much harder for the rest of us to buy anything cool.  Thanks, idiot.

/ It's supposed to be "oooh, ahhh" not "OWWW AAAHHHHHHH!"


It's for your own good and let that be a lesson to you.
 
2013-06-30 03:07:13 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: My Yali or Yours: This should not be condoned.
Please, no one give him a hand.

We are building a fireworks show of extraordinary magnitude. We forge our tradition in the spirit of our ancestors. You have our gratitude.


Take him to Detroit
 
2013-06-30 03:08:02 PM  

fjnorton: I imagine they will ban the sale of fireworks soon as that is what the Boston bomber deekheads used.


Massachusetts already bans all (or damn near all) consumer fireworks.
 
2013-06-30 03:08:30 PM  
dittybopper

I don't use a fuse with my mortar, I use a linstock:

Are we ever going to get to see video of that thing in action?
 
2013-06-30 03:10:14 PM  

pedrop357: fjnorton: I imagine they will ban the sale of fireworks soon as that is what the Boston bomber deekheads used.

Massachusetts already bans all (or damn near all) consumer fireworks.


It's to protect their own citizens from their stupidity, Stop your whining.
 
2013-06-30 03:12:05 PM  

pedrop357: fjnorton: I imagine they will ban the sale of fireworks soon as that is what the Boston bomber deekheads used.

Massachusetts already bans all (or damn near all) consumer fireworks.


You want unsafe fireworks for kids? Go live in Somalia.

/Usual fark libtard response
 
2013-06-30 03:12:23 PM  
I used to blow all my money on fireworks when I was a kid.  Do they still sell fireworks to children?  That seems like a bad idea in retrospect, but then I never did blow my hand off.
 
2013-06-30 03:13:38 PM  
Somalian sparklers burning American childrunz!
 
2013-06-30 03:14:37 PM  
True story. I once burned my toe on a snake when I was a childrun..
 
2013-06-30 03:16:18 PM  
Threadshiatting a fireworks accident thread? It's more likely than you think.
 
2013-06-30 03:21:47 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I used to blow all my money on fireworks when I was a kid.  Do they still sell fireworks to children?  That seems like a bad idea in retrospect, but then I never did blow my hand off.


I'd actually like to see the statistics on that.  What is the accident rate for kids who buy their own fireworks vs the accident rate for the adults that would be the only ones allowed to buy them?

I'm pretty sure kids aren't getting drunk and lighting off mortar launched shells by hand or many of the other things that have caused adults serious injury in the past.
 
2013-06-30 03:22:20 PM  
Man, I saw a picture of some guy who had an explosive of some kind go off in his mouth.

I'm not going to GIS for "explosive mouth injury", but you can.

/ you'll know the pic when you find it.
 
2013-06-30 03:24:08 PM  
Before the state of CA stepped in and banned them, fireworks meant Vietnam all around the Bay Area. People were rocketing each others roofs, and it was pandemonium. We would rocket the neighbors, and if that didn't work my family would send me to Black Cat the neighbors house with firecrackers to watch it explode. Those my young Farkers, are what we call the good old days.

/If you question me I'll put a sparkler next to your gas tank
 
2013-06-30 03:27:25 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I used to blow all my money on fireworks when I was a kid.  Do they still sell fireworks to children?  That seems like a bad idea in retrospect, but then I never did blow my hand off.


Yep. Funny how very many of us came through childhood completely unscathed.

But no, it's the fireworks that are the problem.
 
2013-06-30 03:34:26 PM  
[nelsonmuntz]

I like to think of myself as creature capable of empathy as a rule however when one of these threads pop up (as they always do) I have absolutely no compunction about laughing at the total asshats who mangle and maim themselves for life by doing pants-on-head stupid-assed stuff like this.

None whatsoever.

/Is that wrong?
//Should I not do that?
///Should I feel bad about that?
 
2013-06-30 03:36:26 PM  

studebaker hoch: Man, I saw a picture of some guy who had an explosive of some kind go off in his mouth.

I'm not going to GIS for "explosive mouth injury", but you can.

/ you'll know the pic when you find it.


Unfortunately I've seen it thanks to clicking on a link here at Fark, I believe. I will never ever unsee it. It's maybe the most disturbing image I've ever seen on the internet. It wouldn't bee so bad if he was dead, but you can see in his eyes that he's alive.

I saw it again recently in a safety talk about pyrotechnic fx, together with photos of a hand that was essentially skeletonized by a firework (it seems like "completely blown off" might be preferable) and somebody's butt after a firework went off in it (crater where buttocks used to be). Those were pretty disturbing but Sad Faceless Man will always be the worst.
 
2013-06-30 03:36:41 PM  
I've still got like 4 huge sparklers to play with and I have half a coffee can full of firecrackers . I think I'm going to give them to the older kids around here,after asking their parents of course.
/They're not touching my firecrackers though,those are to scare the hell out of the neighbors.
 
2013-06-30 03:38:43 PM  

BigNumber12: Rapmaster2000: I used to blow all my money on fireworks when I was a kid.  Do they still sell fireworks to children?  That seems like a bad idea in retrospect, but then I never did blow my hand off.

Yep. Funny how very many of us came through childhood completely unscathed.

But no, it's the fireworks that are the problem.


Would save my allowance as well for 4th of July. Later I had to spend it in summer trips to McAllen and Reynosa to get the good stuff .
>:(
 
2013-06-30 03:47:15 PM  

Deep Contact: I say screw the fireworks this year. At 10pm everyone get there gun out and shoot it in the air.
Of course, use a blank.


That is pretty much the norm in the ghettos in mississippi. The ones I lived/live in, anyways. Except the whole "use blanks" thing. The fourth is ok, but at midnight on new years eve, it sounds like a farking war zone. I don't join in (no gun, ammo too expensive to waste anyway) but I like to amuse myself by playing "guess the caliber". Once someone breaks out the semi-auto twelve gauge, the rest sound like snap'n'pops. Good times.
 
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