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Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion
http://www.wlky.com/news/29085977/detail.html ^ | 9/6/2011 | WLKY

Posted on 09/06/2011 7:46:20 AM PDT by Morgana

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- 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.

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1 posted on 09/06/2011 7:46:24 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

bttt


2 posted on 09/06/2011 7:46:52 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

What happened to hair spray as the propellant?


3 posted on 09/06/2011 7:48:31 AM PDT by Wu (Excuse me while I kiss the sky......)
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To: Morgana
Black powder?

That was no potato gun.

It was a pipe bomb.

4 posted on 09/06/2011 7:48:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: Morgana

Metal ?
Black powder ?


5 posted on 09/06/2011 7:48:53 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: Morgana

“The victim’s brother, Tony, said it appeared that his brother put too much black powder into the device. “

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*facepalm* “Hold muh beer.”


6 posted on 09/06/2011 7:50:08 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Mr. Weiner...Don' t Tweet your meat. It's too late to delete!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear; Slings and Arrows; All

http://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt195/Bustersword910/Motivational%20Posters/impliedfacepalm.jpg


7 posted on 09/06/2011 7:52:15 AM PDT by Morgana (I don't speak much...............but when I do....)
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To: Morgana

Black Powder plus Metal does not a potato gun make! That’s an IED! Too bad the sucker wasn’t a Darwin award winner! That kind of dumb can be passed on!


8 posted on 09/06/2011 7:52:25 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A very poor way to test a cannon.


9 posted on 09/06/2011 7:52:28 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Morgana

There, but for the grace of God, go I.


10 posted on 09/06/2011 7:52:28 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Morgana

They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. They bring a potato gun, you bring a ... well, I guess you don’t have to bring anything at all.


11 posted on 09/06/2011 7:53:28 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Morgana

*chuckle*


12 posted on 09/06/2011 7:53:57 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Mr. Weiner...Don' t Tweet your meat. It's too late to delete!)
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To: martin_fierro

Industrial strength humor ping? not sure.


13 posted on 09/06/2011 7:56:29 AM PDT by Morgana (I don't speak much...............but when I do....)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

14 posted on 09/06/2011 7:57:59 AM PDT by Morgana (I don't speak much...............but when I do....)
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To: Morgana

My successful spud guns were made with Schedule 40 PVC and powered by hair spray or propane when it was available.


15 posted on 09/06/2011 7:59:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: Morgana

16 posted on 09/06/2011 8:02:43 AM PDT by umgud
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To: Morgana

BTTT because everybody else said what needs to be said.


17 posted on 09/06/2011 8:03:23 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Morgana

http://www.whas11.com/home/Person-reportedly-shoots-part-of-arm-leg-off-with-potato-gun.html

“David Stump saw the entire incident. He said Berthiaume had come over to his house to show him the potato gun. Stump said Berthiaume was shooting off small pieces of potato down the street using gun powder, and then decided to use more gun powder to make it go farther.”.....

“Police say they do believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.”


18 posted on 09/06/2011 8:03:30 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I have been told by the police here in my hometown that potato guns with hairspray propellant cannot be fired as they are considered firearms.


19 posted on 09/06/2011 8:03:35 AM PDT by RightFighter (Now back to my war station.)
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To: Morgana
Black powder? IDIOT!
20 posted on 09/06/2011 8:04:11 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Morgana
Black Powder?

I thought you used lighter fluid?

21 posted on 09/06/2011 8:04:11 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Liz Cheney/Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Morgana

Must have had Olivia Wilde advising him. In her return to “House”, she’s looking at House’s gun to see what can be improved, and sends a potato through the rear window of a pickup.


22 posted on 09/06/2011 8:06:36 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Morgana
Man Seriously Injured In Potato Gun Explosion

Are we supposed to be surprised?

23 posted on 09/06/2011 8:08:27 AM PDT by twhitak
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To: Morgana

In Sacramento, CA potato guns are illegal, one year in jail if you are caught with one.


24 posted on 09/06/2011 8:09:00 AM PDT by svcw (iphone 5 release date late October - rats)
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To: Morgana

The “potato gun” was made with a piece of chain link fence rail pipe.

The idiot put black powder in that???


25 posted on 09/06/2011 8:12:02 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Morgana

Another fun activity is going to be outlawed now.


26 posted on 09/06/2011 8:15:03 AM PDT by BUGSWOL (No one was ever burned at the stake for saying the Earth was flat)
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To: Wu
We always used Aqua-Net hair spray.

Could shoot a spud about 100 yards.

27 posted on 09/06/2011 8:15:21 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama and the Dems - The flash mob raiding the Treasury.)
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To: RightFighter

The same is true in most any city in the US.
I quit building them more than 10 years ago...

I now have more fun shooting my .50 cal air rifle that makes the same “whoop” when it goes off. It is legal.


28 posted on 09/06/2011 8:15:26 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Not for long if the libs have their way.


29 posted on 09/06/2011 8:19:55 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: ConservativeMan55

Typical evil chick. He’s writhing in pain in the street covered in soot and shrapnel,,, and she walks up and first thing she says is ‘you shot a hole in my house’. Nice,,,


30 posted on 09/06/2011 8:21:34 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Morgana
Aqua Net hairspray makes the absolute best and safest fuel for a potato (”e” just for Dan) mortar.

LLS

31 posted on 09/06/2011 8:24:48 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus
There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Yep... me, too. I sure kept my guardian angel busy in my younger days.

32 posted on 09/06/2011 8:30:35 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Morgana

“You’ll shoot your eye out!”


33 posted on 09/06/2011 8:32:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Guns dont kill potatoes, potatoe guns kill er, ah, maybe potatoe heads....


34 posted on 09/06/2011 8:36:38 AM PDT by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
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...

Yep. That tends to happen when you use an exploding substance on a tight-fitting projectile which is intended to be shot by air, like a bb or a pellet gun.

Black powder is not a toy and not something which should be disrespected. The Brits learned that lesson the hard way when they marched against the Kentucky riflemen at the Battle of New Orleans. No knock on our other men who contributed to that victory, but most of the thinning of the herd was done in that field range between where the Kentucky rifles could hit the redcoats but the redcoat return fire couldn't hit them.

35 posted on 09/06/2011 8:37:22 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Morgana

No one in his right mind would load a tater cannon with black powder, in any quantity.


36 posted on 09/06/2011 8:41:46 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: N. Theknow
We always used Aqua-Net hair spray.

My son played around with potato guns when he was younger. Aqua-Net was his preferred propellant as well. I couldn't believe the range he was getting the first time I saw him fire it.

37 posted on 09/06/2011 8:43:09 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Morgana

Where is the “Hold my beer.” alert?


38 posted on 09/06/2011 9:01:05 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I built several that used compressed air to launch baseballs. Worked great for little league practice.
Just watch the pressure.


39 posted on 09/06/2011 9:05:31 AM PDT by Elderberry
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To: RightFighter

First time I shot one was when I proved the fallacy of gun control. Dump a handful of nails in with the potatoe and for about $15, you have a pretty effective shotgun.


40 posted on 09/06/2011 9:13:19 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Morgana

What moron puts BLACK POWDER into a potato gun for fracks sake?

Yer supposed to use nothing more lethal than some White Rain Hair Spray.

If he did that, he deserved an ass full of plastic fragments. Dumb should hurt


41 posted on 09/06/2011 9:46:47 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous
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To: All

“Police say they do believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.”

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Say it ain’t so..


42 posted on 09/06/2011 9:48:50 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Really! My sons made potato guns and gun power was not involved!


43 posted on 09/06/2011 10:43:39 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Morgana

Somebody really should alert Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


44 posted on 09/06/2011 10:48:50 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: SaraJohnson

Spud Gun

It has many names: spud gun, potato cannon, spudzooka, spudchucker, etc. Regardless, launching produce hundreds of yards will leave you smiling. This classic version is quite simple yet very powerful.

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spud gun instructions: potatoes, pvc pipe, igniter

danger level

  • negligible
  • moderate
  • high
  • do not do this

tools

  • K. Drill
  • L. Hand saw
  • M. File

materials

  • A. Flint igniter (lantern lighter)
  • B. 4" PVC cleanout plug
  • C. 4" PVC fitting cleanout adapter
  • D. 4" PVC coupling
  • E. 4" x 24" PVC pipe
  • F. 2" x 4" PVC increaser reducer
  • G. 2" x 48" PVC pipe
  • H. PVC cleaner, primer, & cement
  • I. Sack of potatoes
  • J. Hair spray (aerosol)

how-to

  1. Cut the PVC components to length and clean and prime the joints. Cement components C thru G together.
  2. Drill a hole for the lantern lighter in the middle of pipe E and then install the lighter with its included hardware. These lighters are very compact and use flint to produce a strong spark. You can find them in the camping section of large department stores.
  3. With the file, sharpen the circumference of pipe G. This makes shoving the potato in easier because the pipe will cut off the excess potato.
  4. You’re ready to launch!
    1. i. Find a very large, open area to launch the gun.
    2. ii. Load a potato. Use a stick or rod to plunge it most of the way down the barrel.
    3. iii. Spray the hair spray (make sure it’s flamable) into the fat end of the gun. If you use too little the potato won’t go far; too much and it won’t launch at all because there isn’t enough oxygen in the chamber.
    4. iv. Quickly screw on the plug (part B).
    5. v. Hold the gun at your side, aiming in a safe direction. Give the lighter a quick flick, as if you’re snapping your fingers.

45 posted on 09/06/2011 10:53:02 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: Morgana

Black powder in a potato cannon??? What a maroon. This is Darwin award / “Hold muh beer and watch this” material.


46 posted on 09/06/2011 11:51:50 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Texas Fossil
“Police say they do believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.”

No! I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!

47 posted on 09/06/2011 11:55:51 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: DesertRhino

No, she is a very old lady and was in her house near where the shrapnel came through the wall.

http://www.whas11.com/home/Person-reportedly-shoots-part-of-arm-leg-off-with-potato-gun.html


48 posted on 09/06/2011 12:02:10 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Elderberry

That’s the same principle used in my .50 cal air rifle. 4,000 psi, added slowly to the rifle tank is max...


49 posted on 09/06/2011 12:27:21 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: cyclotic
First time I shot one was when I proved the fallacy of gun control. Dump a handful of nails in with the potatoe and for about $15, you have a pretty effective shotgun.

I've made the same argument. I've told some libs in the past that they could completely outlaw guns and I could make a quick trip to Home Depot and Walmart and come home with everything I'd need to blow them away if I chose to.

50 posted on 09/06/2011 3:56:39 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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