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Man dies from injuries in fireworks explosion
Tulsa World ^ | 6/8/2009 | Johnny Johnson, The Oklahoman

Posted on 07/08/2009 1:22:54 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie

DIBBLE — A 26-year-old man died Sunday from injuries he suffered when he was holding a lit firework a day earlier.

Richard Hines apparently had been drinking Saturday night when he lit the fuse of an artillery shell aerial firework and held the reloadable fiberglass launching tube above his head, McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett said. Instead of launching into the air, the shell exploded and shot out the bottom of the fiberglass tube.

"From what I heard, it exploded on his head, and he lost three fingers and a thumb," Hewett said. "There were several people standing fairly close to him, and they were knocked down from the concussion of the blast."

Hewett said the explosion occurred about 9:50 p.m., when relatives had gathered at Hines' home near Dibble for Fourth of July celebrations.

Hines was taken to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he died Sunday.

Hewett said the artillery shell was "not quite like the professional fireworks like you see," but that it was "powerful enough."

"I just can't believe someone would do that," he said. "I mean, it's even dangerous to handle a Roman candle, much less these high-powered mortar rockets."


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1 posted on 07/08/2009 1:22:54 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I’m guessing that put a damper on celebrations.


2 posted on 07/08/2009 1:24:28 PM PDT by villagerjoel (1. Implement socialist policies 2. ??? 3. Heaven on earth)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

It’s safe to presume someone is still holding his beer ...


3 posted on 07/08/2009 1:24:44 PM PDT by mgc1122
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

The rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in hair.


4 posted on 07/08/2009 1:25:06 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Achtung. preparen zie fur die obamahopenchangen.)
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To: SlowBoat407

Gave Proof in the Night

That his ass was alight


5 posted on 07/08/2009 1:27:33 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Hewett said the artillery shell was "not quite like the professional fireworks like you see," but that it was "powerful enough."

Yea, I'd say so.
6 posted on 07/08/2009 1:27:43 PM PDT by theknuckler_33
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

7 posted on 07/08/2009 1:28:39 PM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

When I was a kid of ~ 12 my friendsa and I used to hold roman candles in our hands and shoot them at each other. Then one day I put a RC into a milk bottle and it exploded shooting shards of glass 30 ft. Lucky I wasnt standing near it.


8 posted on 07/08/2009 1:29:48 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins
Title, I always wanted to be a eunuch.
9 posted on 07/08/2009 1:30:17 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

ouch


10 posted on 07/08/2009 1:30:28 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Now I’d call that a real dumbass redneck mistake.....I’ll excuse it cause of the beer and such....but that feller is toast....everyone elst ‘take heed’....don’t try this at your trailer....[home]


11 posted on 07/08/2009 1:32:58 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Many Darwin moments are preceded by the phrase “hey, watch this”.
12 posted on 07/08/2009 1:34:33 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I’d sure like to know what happened to this idiot.


13 posted on 07/08/2009 1:35:17 PM PDT by lesko
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Just like another 4th of July in my hometown, drunken rednecks handling explosives


14 posted on 07/08/2009 1:37:44 PM PDT by chae (I am karmic retribution)
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To: villagerjoel

“I’m guessing that put a damper on celebrations.”

Nah! This Obamamerica! They just threw something over the body and continued to party.


15 posted on 07/08/2009 1:38:17 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
"had been drinking" and "exploded on his head"

How many times have we heard those phrases used together before? I've lost count, myself.

:^)

16 posted on 07/08/2009 1:41:24 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (The chair is against the wall. John has a long mustache.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Richard Hines apparently had been drinking Saturday night...

Nooooo.....!!
17 posted on 07/08/2009 1:43:37 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid things happen)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I’d be willing to be that his last words were.....”HEY YA’ll WATCH THIS!!”........

Fireworks and Guns are NOT toys....Should respect Guns and Explosives and what they can do....Never point a Gun at something you don’t intend to kill....Never put a firework on something you don’t intend to BLOW UP....Also it’s not a great idea to drink while diong either.....(Difficult to hold a bottle and aim..ya know ;))...LOL


18 posted on 07/08/2009 1:44:48 PM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Dumb. RIP.


19 posted on 07/08/2009 1:46:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“Hold my beer.”


20 posted on 07/08/2009 1:49:27 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
recently posted: Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb that Struck Back

Famous last words uttered countless times in America:

"Hey! Hold my beer and watch this!"

21 posted on 07/08/2009 1:52:49 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: jakerobins

what a buzzkill


22 posted on 07/08/2009 1:55:06 PM PDT by kaboom
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To: SJSAMPLE

Watch THIS!!!


23 posted on 07/08/2009 1:56:27 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

24 posted on 07/08/2009 2:00:02 PM PDT by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: lesko

The drunk fool loaded the shell upside down and it used his head for a backstop. Those 3 inch mortar shells go over 100 feet in the air and explode into a big display. The explosion didn’t kill him but the high velocity shell probably did. These fireworks aren’t toys.


25 posted on 07/08/2009 2:10:08 PM PDT by peeps36 ( Al Gore. Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite. He Pollutes The Air By Opening His Big Mouth)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
I've handled these kinds of shells many times. They are not particularly dangerous, if you follow directions.

There are two explosive charges. The first goes off between the decorative charge and the ground, in order to launch the decorative charge high into the air. The second is the pretty starburst.

If you hold the tube in your hand, the first charge will simply blow out the bottom of the tube, and the starburst will not go much of anywhere. You do NOT want to be close to one of these starbursts, when it goes off.

The tubes always clearly say that they must be placed on the ground, and that people must move well away. The fuzes are long.

26 posted on 07/08/2009 2:14:20 PM PDT by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

27 posted on 07/08/2009 2:29:13 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( Don't mess with the mockingbird! /\/\ http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: 3niner

I figure if you want to have a war with these or aim them in various directions you’d best make your own PVC launch tube.

Not unlike a Potato Cannon. Come to think of it I haven’t done that in a while.


28 posted on 07/08/2009 2:38:25 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

The tubes that come with these are made of cardboard, but it’s very strong cardboard, with fibers running around the tube. PVC ought to be strong enough for one of these shells, but it might be too brittle, and I wouldn’t want to be close when I found out.


29 posted on 07/08/2009 2:44:36 PM PDT by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

he lit the fuse of an artillery shell aerial firework and held the reloadable fiberglass launching tube above his head


What did he want, 6 feet more in height for the fireworks?


30 posted on 07/08/2009 2:47:47 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: 3niner

I think the bottom coming loose is the problem.


31 posted on 07/08/2009 3:39:37 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: SlowBoat407
the bombs bursting in hair.

That was pretty good.

32 posted on 07/08/2009 4:17:09 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

We had a guy at work die a few years ago when the mortar tube tipped over just before it launched and the shell hit him in the head. They are dangerous.


33 posted on 07/08/2009 9:10:39 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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