Thursday, November 09, 2006

Squaddie hurt in unusual rocket attack...

A squaddie just home from facing rockets in Iraq was understandably a little bored with a mundane fireworks party. So he decided to entertain his mates - and himself - by launching a powerful firework from a rather unusual place.

I wouldn't dream of attempting steal the thunder of Jeremy Armstrong who wrote up the story for today's Daily Mirror. So here it is in full, under the headline "Bumfire Night: Man uses bottom for rocket launch"

WE all know you should never play with fireworks.

But strictly speaking there is nothing in the fireworks code that advises you against launching them from your bottom.

So when Andrew Tilley's bonfire party started to flag he knew just the trick to make it go with a bang.

The prankster, 22, delighted 40 pals by pulling down his trousers, placing a powerful Black Cat Thunderbolt rocket between his buttocks and letting it off.

The dumb stunt, copied from Jackass: The Movie, was filmed on a mobile.
He can be seen bent double with his trousers round his ankles before there is a flash.

The firework flies up into the air and explodes - but squaddie Andrew, just back from a tour of Iraq, falls to the floor writhing in agony and bleeding heavily.

Daniel Kassim, 16, who was at the party in Sunderland, said: "The lad was saying, 'This is boring, what can we do?' He then decided to put a rocket up his backside."

Last night he was comfortable in hospital with internal burns, including a "scorched colon". The Firework Association said: "This sort of thing is beyond belief."
The Mirror's website links to U-tube clips of similar firework stunts with the obligatory warning "DO NOT try this yourself..."

My wife heard this story on BBC Radio Two on her way to work this morning. She says for some reason the presenter couldn't manage to read the news item as he was in fits of laughter.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do not find this in the least funny and the fact that it was posted on youtube even worse.
This kind of reckless pathetic act wastes the time of ambulance crews who could be attending people hut through no fault of their own.
Rather than army morons with zero brain cells whose actions may create copy cat acts by youngsters.