February 07, 2006

And in other Stupid People news...

Blast mars Super Bowl celebration in Colo.

SHERIDAN, Colo. (AP) — A couple planning to set off their own Super Bowl pyrotechnics accidentally blew up their own car while transporting a balloon filled with an explosive gas.

Norman Frey, 46, and his companion suffered busted ["busted"!? I don't suppose I should be surprised. Ed.] eardrums in the explosion Sunday as they drove to a Super Bowl party, according to the Arapahoe County sheriff.

The balloon had been filled with acetylene, a flammable gas used in welding, and it had rolled across the back seat, possibly causing static electricity that ignited the gas. The explosion broke windows, bent doors outwards and pushed up the roof about a foot.

"Looking at the car closely, it's amazing that these people weren't killed," Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

Several people reported the explosion, but when a deputy arrived, Frey and the woman had abandoned the vehicle.

The license plate led them to Frey, who faces a felony charge of possession, use, or removal of explosives or incendiary devices. The woman will not be charged, authorities said.

O! The humanity!

A couple of thoughts--you know, that must have been one BIG balloon. And apparently there is no law against stupidity in Arapahoe County, seeing as how they had to charge the moron with the felonious use of an explosive device.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at February 7, 2006 09:46 AM

Watch it with the Colorado stuff. That's my second home. And just what is wrong with "busted"?

Posted by: Larry Anderson at February 7, 2006 10:06 AM

And to think that they came this close to a Darwin award.

Posted by: Sarah G. at February 7, 2006 11:16 AM

You know, that must have seemed like a good idea at the time- "we'll just fill up this balloon from the tank in the shop and drive it to Chuck's house..."


Posted by: Nate at February 7, 2006 11:17 AM

Nothing wrong with busted, although I would prefer it if professional journalists would talk bad about the lack of editing on blogs.

And Sarah, the true test of their suitability for such an award is if they go and do it again after they get out of jail and the hospital.

And Nate, as you know, there is old saying about a redneck's last words: "HEY Y'ALL, WATCH THIS!"

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 7, 2006 12:28 PM

My bet it wasn't the first time and it won't be the last.

Posted by: Sarah G. at February 7, 2006 12:42 PM

Always the optimist!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at February 7, 2006 12:46 PM