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Man gets three months in jail for throwing firecracker at kids

The Local · 1 Nov 2011, 08:29

Published: 01 Nov 2011 08:29 GMT+01:00

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The firework, of a type that is illegal in the state of Berlin, landed five metres from the playground where the children were playing, and exploded with a loud bang. The children escaped injury.

The man testified that he had made sure to throw the firecracker far enough away so that none of the children would be injured. He said he regretted his actions.

He added that he had been exhausted after a night-time journey and had asked the children to keep quiet several times.

He also said the incident had occurred during a stressful time at work following an argument with his boss.

The Berlin court found the man guilty of misusing explosive material and sentenced him to three months in prison. The judge handed him jail time because the defendant was on probation and had 13 previous convictions.

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14:25 November 1, 2011 by jbaker
I wonder how many neighbors he disturbed with his firecracker?
16:52 November 1, 2011 by vonSchwerin
Ever spent New Year's Eve in Berlin? People routinely throw firecrackers -- often at other people, and often from their balconies. It's happened to me more than once.
20:04 November 1, 2011 by raandy
I remember when this happened , he was way out of line, 3 months may give him an attitude adjustments.
23:09 November 1, 2011 by Bill Simpson
You Germans do make the best dark pyrotechnic aluminum dust. Over here in the States it is called 'German Dark'. The makers of illegal firecrackers love it. One company still sells it over the Internet, but only in 225 gram quantities unless you have an explosives license. You can make quite a few M-80s with 225 grams of dark pyro aluminum and potassium perchlorate (3:7). They have been illegal since 1966. The Federal government has been far more successful at stamping them out than at say, stopping illegal guns from being smuggled to Mexican drug cartels. Oh wait, they allowed thousands of AK-47s to be smuggled into Mexico is an attempt to find the drug kingpins (Really, I swear). That brilliant plan failed even getting some of our own people killed. But the firecracker makers are in jail.
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