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Man throws firecracker at crying child

The Local · 3 May 2011, 16:20

Published: 03 May 2011 16:20 GMT+02:00

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The 29-year-old man was reportedly angered by the noise next to his apartment building, which had woken him on a Sunday afternoon.

As one of the mothers who witnessed the incident later explained to the police, the young child had been playing within the designated fenced area of the playground when he had fallen and hurt himself. His loud cries annoyed the sixth-floor resident of the adjacent tower block.

Eyewitnesses told the paper that the man initially leaned out of the window and shouted at the child to be quiet as he was sleeping. He then threw a powerful firecracker, later classified as coming from Poland and illegal in Germany, from the window towards the playground.

“The explosion from the Polish firecracker burned an area of grass of around 30 square centimetres,” said a police spokesman.

After witnesses called the police, a stash of seven more illegal firecrackers was found and confiscated by the authorities.

The man was charged with attempted bodily harm and breaching explosives law, as the confiscated firecrackers were classed as illegal for import to Germany.

Other residents of the building also reported that this was not the first time the man had responded to the sound of the children by throwing fireworks into the playground.

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But it seems that the man was in good company, as a father of two who lived on the seventh floor has also been seen throwing bangers down from his apartment into the same play area.

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17:09 May 3, 2011 by FredFinger
What an jerk.
17:53 May 3, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
yeah. sick bastard.
19:31 May 3, 2011 by toemag
Sad sad sack.
20:14 May 3, 2011 by vonkoenigsberg
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20:21 May 3, 2011 by FredFinger
I doubt it, only childless germans behave like that with kids.
21:41 May 3, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
@vonkoenigsberg that's totally xenophobic !
21:52 May 3, 2011 by Clapoti
He was not an immigrant probably... but they are again trying to blame some other country.

"The explosion from the Polish firecracker"
23:18 May 3, 2011 by Johnne
Polish bangers in touble.
23:33 May 3, 2011 by wxman
The simple answer to this sort of activity is for those witnessing this terrible act to beat the crap out of the guy. He won't do it again.
23:56 May 3, 2011 by worldcomingtoanend
ohh please give me a break, how does being an immigrant come in this picture....or maybe u r trying to imply that germans dont do that..hmmmmm
00:50 May 4, 2011 by Wobinidan
@vonkoenigsberg That's probably the most racist comment I've seen on thelocal.
04:34 May 4, 2011 by lshayne
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10:15 May 4, 2011 by elitemarine206
If that was my child he threw that firecracker at, I would have payed him a personal visit, forget the police.
11:41 May 4, 2011 by StoutViking
@ FredFinger - What's it to do with being childless or German? Oh please, you sound like a roundup American soccer-mom who yaks about child-safety, then parks her monstrous SUV on a pedestrian street crossing infront of a schoolyard, engandering other children.

The lunatic who did was probably some kind of anti-social abortion-faliure, and it has nothing to do with his family status or ethnic background.

If I had a penny every time I heard/seen an incompetent parent going off at an educator/social worker with the "You don't have kids, you don't know a thing" speech... Like spawning a few of your own gives you arcane knowledge.

And where does it say he was German or otherwise? The only thing mentioned was the origin of the firework.

If it were up to me, I'd know where to stick that firework and I bet if a search were ran through his residence, there would be a few more interesting things to find besides illegal firecrackers.
10:58 May 5, 2011 by Angry Ami
The Polish guy should be deported right after his jail sentence is up, and the German guy on the 7th should be sent to a Polish jail to do his time.
18:50 May 6, 2011 by rmsbl4
@ Angry Ami Where in the story does it say that the man was Polish. He had an illegal Polish firecracker.
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