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Author Topic: Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion  (Read 957 times)

Offline Dare

Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion
« on: September 06, 2011, 06:25:19 AM »
Another genius in my home town.My only question is what in the heck is
a potato gun?



'Too Much Black Powder' Used, Victim's Brother Says



WLKY.com
updated 9/5/2011 10:15:10 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  WLKY.com
A man was hospitalized after being seriously injured in a potato gun explosion.
Police said they received a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Alpha Avenue at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, where they found 53-year-old John Berthiaume II lying in the street.
Berthiaume suffered injuries to his right arm and leg when his homemade potato gun exploded, Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.
The victim's brother, Tony, said it appeared that his brother put too much black powder into the device.
"I guess it stressed the metal out too much, and it blew up," he said.
Martha Dodd said the explosion sent shrapnel into her home across the street.


"I looked out the door and saw him sitting on the ground and I said, 'You just shot a hole in my house,'" Dodd said.
Berthiaume was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Mitchell said.
"He's got a chunk of his arm torn up. His butt cheek, his thigh and lower calf on his right side," Berthiaume's brother said. "A chunk of meat was hanging off of his arm: you could see to the bone."
Berthiaume will be charged with wanton endangerment, Mitchell said.


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Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2011, 07:05:16 AM »
it's just what it sounds like, a bazooka style gun that launches a potato or similar object. People use them generally to startle people without doing serious damage. This one was not well built obviously, stupid execution of a stupid idea.
Lonny

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Re: Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011, 08:42:20 AM »
 :DD :DD I know this isn't a joke but  :DD :DD

Ju

Offline John S

Re: Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2011, 10:27:32 AM »
:DD :DD I know this isn't a joke but  :DD :DD

Ju

Oh yes it is.  :DD :DD :DD    It's a clear case of 'Biter being Bit' for this prankster.  ;) :D

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Offline Ian

Re: Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2011, 10:39:41 AM »
Some spud gun eh.  :DD  :DD  :DD  :DD
An aircraft landing is just a controlled crash.

David

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Re: Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2011, 06:06:26 PM »
 :o...................... :DD :DD

 


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