Monday, September 03, 2007

You Say Potato Gun...

...I say pipe bomb.

HULL, Iowa -- A Hull man died Friday from his injuries after a potato gun stuffed with explosive powder ignited and erupted.

That's a special kind of stupid right there.

Ryan Meerdink, 21, was found outside of 915 Hayes St. at 8:20 p.m. by Hull authorities. He was then taken to Sioux Center Hospital, where he later died. The gun apparently ruptured when it was fired, according to an investigation by the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office. No intentional sources for the explosion were found and the explosion was accidental.

But, of course it was. I'm always finding myself setting off over-sized pipe bombs in my hands without knowing what's happening.