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Man kills himself with illegal firework

The Local · 1 Jan 2012, 11:40

Published: 01 Jan 2012 11:40 GMT+01:00

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Police reported that the large banger exploded directly in front of the man, who died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. Two other men, aged 20 and 39, were also injured by the explosion, one seriously.

The three men had gone to a car park in the village of Hohenstaufen to set off fireworks and bangers to celebrate the New Year in the company of other villagers.

Police believe the man brought the deadly explosive along himself, though they are still investigating whether he actually made them. Several other homemade devices were found at the scene that certainly belonged to him, police said.

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13:29 January 1, 2012 by wood artist
Somebody wanted to be first in line as a 2012 Darwin nominee?

15:42 January 1, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Evolution at its finest.
15:57 January 1, 2012 by auniquecorn
I like the part,

Several other homemade devices were found at the scene that certainly belonged to him, police said.

I guess when everyone were empting their pockets, they were saying, these were his too.

Yeah, they certainly were.
21:20 January 1, 2012 by Bushdiver
His last thoughts was probably..........Opps!
22:59 January 1, 2012 by HHayrider
"Here, hold my beer and watch this...."
23:34 January 1, 2012 by puisoh
I don't understand . the title appears as if the man committed suicide but it actually is an accident. Is that right?? Is my English bad or is it the writer's bad expression??
01:45 January 2, 2012 by Jessiker
@puisoh - The man accidentally killed himself with the firework. It wasn't intentional.

@HHayrider - LOL!!!
09:54 January 2, 2012 by heyheyhey
Glad to see so much sincere compassion in this fine group of readers.
12:19 January 2, 2012 by Heindorff
Making fun of the dead, eh? That's sort of... psychotic.
12:24 January 3, 2012 by authun

"Making fun of the dead, eh? That's sort of... psychotic. "

Kinda like turn-of.the-century America at-large. It's one of the residents' favorite pastimes along with wishing ill on law-breakers.
17:58 January 3, 2012 by heyheyhey
I have my own theory about the bcountry of origin, as well as the current work of some of the heartless posters.

@woodartist"..........spare us the mindless, tasteless, grotesque attempts at humor. I am certain that this man has a family that is deeply saddened. You may some day make a mistake that will cost you your life.
20:09 January 3, 2012 by zeddriver
Whereas I do feel bad for his family.

I do feel that his misguided attempt at celebration with illegal or homemade fireworks begs to ask. Did he himself have any concerns for his friends, family, Or himself? When he could have easily done like most other folks and gone to his local ALDI store. But he choose to be the cool guy and wanted to show off. Unfortunately. He paid a high price. And almost killed his two friends too.
17:40 January 4, 2012 by heyheyhey
There is another article in the Local which reads "customs official try to block illegal fireworks". The article indicates that many people are harmed each year by these fireworks that are below German standards.

It might be that this young man was using these?

Sad story.

My sympathy to the young man's family.
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