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Marbletown dad charged after dry ice explodes in child's backpack (Hudson Valley New York)
Daily Freeman ^ | October 4, 2013 | Diane Pineiro-Zucker

Posted on 10/08/2013 10:06:49 PM PDT by beaversmom

STONE RIDGE, N.Y. -- A Marbletown man was arrested Friday on endangerment-related charges after police responded to the Marbletown Elementary School following a report of a minor explosion in one of the classrooms, Ulster County Sheriff Paul J. VanBlarcum said.

Thomas D. Fitzgerald, 52, of 3701 Route 209, is alleged to have sent a quantity of dry ice in a sealed container in his 5-year-old child’s backpack in connection with a school experiment, unbeknownst to any school staff member. The explosion was caused by expanding gases inside the container, the Sheriff’s Office said.

There were no injuries and only minor property damage to a chair, VanBlarcum said. The 5-year-old was not wearing the backpack at the time of the explosion, he said.

Fitzgerald was charged with the misdemeanors of reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal nuisance. He was released with tickets to return to Marbletown Town Court.

An investigation is continuing, according to VanBlarcum, who said the incident is considered to have been an accident.

Besides sheriff’s deputies, state police at Ulster and Wawarsing and their bomb disposal unit were at the scene.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: accident; scienceexperiment

1 posted on 10/08/2013 10:06:49 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom; Slings and Arrows

Criminal charges? What kind of police state has America become?

Back in the 1980s when I managed a photo lab, Kodak shipped control strips and other temperature-sensitive materials packed in dry ice. We’d have loads of fun with it, dropping chunks of it into a sink-full of warm water.


2 posted on 10/08/2013 10:12:21 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: beaversmom

Hmmm. Not a great idea to put it in a sealed container. And, isn’t dry ice frozen CO2? Maybe they’ll charge him with a hate crime. Hate against the climate. Anything’s possible anymore.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 10:24:14 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: rktman

Assault and battery against Gaia.


4 posted on 10/08/2013 10:25:12 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Squawk 8888
Criminal charges? What kind of police state has America become?

My thought as well. Kind of sets the groundwork for state supervision of parents I think. Little Johnny may have to wear a wire home someday.

5 posted on 10/08/2013 10:26:26 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: beaversmom

The charge? Being educated in a public school.


6 posted on 10/08/2013 10:28:43 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: beaversmom

Did he put the dry ice in a pressure cooker?


7 posted on 10/08/2013 10:32:07 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: beaversmom

Don`t Hold Your breath!
Carbon Dioxide is now listed by ATF as a component of bomb-making materials.
Where`s my baking Soda?


8 posted on 10/08/2013 10:39:51 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ((("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.)))
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To: JoeDetweiler

Now that is funny.


9 posted on 10/08/2013 10:41:00 PM PDT by JLS
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To: beaversmom

If child endangerment is a crime, the people who wrote compulsory attendance laws in some school districts need to be imprisoned as felons.


10 posted on 10/08/2013 11:11:39 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: JLS

Carbon dioxide is life giving and interesting

It sublimates. Meaning it won’t exist in our world as a liquid

Goes from gas. To vapor. No in between

This does mean that if you put it in a sealed container the laws of nature being what they are it will expand to 22.4 l per 44 g of “CO2 ice”

Inasmuch is 44 g only equals about 1.5 oz of solid geezh! That’s gonna be a lot of gas

Ie. KABOOM!

Nuff sed


11 posted on 10/08/2013 11:13:05 PM PDT by Truthoverpower (The guvmint you get is the guvmint you deserve)
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To: beaversmom
Fitzgerald was charged with the misdemeanors of reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal nuisance.

Unreal.

12 posted on 10/09/2013 12:12:53 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: beaversmom
According to the Wikipedia:

Dry ice bombs have some serious risks:

Dud bombs which fail to explode are a major safety problem. They cannot be left, yet cannot be safely approached. Unexploded bombs can be shot or otherwise ruptured from a safe distance. Injuries are common, with glass bottles in particular posing a risk of serious injury or death.

Sounds like fun! Just be careful.

13 posted on 10/09/2013 12:22:48 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

It seems to me that the problem with a highly volatile bomb like that is that it might not give you enough time to get far enough away from it.


14 posted on 10/09/2013 1:21:31 AM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: Truthoverpower

Thank you Mr Clavin


15 posted on 10/09/2013 2:03:48 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (What's the frequency, Kenneth?)
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To: Truthoverpower
It sublimates. Meaning it won’t exist in our world as a liquid.

True, unless it is under pressure. At more than 5.1 atmospheres or 75 psi CO2 will form a liquid. Liquid CO2 is generally cheaper to purchase than liquid nitrogen however it is more reactive and requires more expensive equipment to handle.

16 posted on 10/09/2013 2:07:30 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: JoeDetweiler

If there was a 50 dollar charge for being stupid that would be about right.


17 posted on 10/09/2013 2:41:55 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: fireman15

I was thinking the same thing. It all depends on the tensile strength of the container.


18 posted on 10/09/2013 3:58:24 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: bunkerhill7
Besides sheriff’s deputies, state police at Ulster and Wawarsing and their bomb disposal unit were at the scene.

One agency short of the Boston Lock Down.

19 posted on 10/09/2013 4:12:47 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: bunkerhill7
Carbon Dioxide is now listed by ATF as a component of bomb-making materials.

...which means the ATF can arrest anyone who is breathing for possessing "bomb making equipment". Perfect. Just perfect.

20 posted on 10/09/2013 4:14:26 AM PDT by Flick Lives (The U.S. is dead to me.)
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To: beaversmom

He should have sent a 2L Coke and a pack of Mentos.


21 posted on 10/09/2013 4:28:56 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: beaversmom

There's safer ways to play with CO2.

22 posted on 10/09/2013 7:56:16 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: fireman15

Oh gee and let’s not forget the good ol Supremes let the EPA call it the big bad wolf so they can regulate everything to save us from globull warming.

What a bunch of nonsense

We breathe it out and it’s plant food !

Cheers


23 posted on 10/09/2013 10:29:58 AM PDT by Truthoverpower (The guvmint you get is the guvmint you deserve)
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To: Truthoverpower

The Supreme Court has made a mockery of itself... nothing illustrates this better than their CO2 ruling.


24 posted on 10/09/2013 6:48:24 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: fireman15

Gee I dunno. Roberts twisting the the commerce clause to a tax to make obummycare (née democrap wish list 40+ yr socialized med) legal I think has surpassed even the folly of declaring what we exhale pollution

Kudos to sen Cruz and the house for finally taking a stand

I hop they don’t fold. Obummer is really getting his slinky feathers mighty ruffled!

Don’t ha think? Did you hear that enourmous joke of a pressed the other day? I’ve never heard anything like it. He is unhinged at best

( one would only hope- it will take him busting out a machine gun and taking out some of his sycophantic press in order for them to wake up

Cheers


25 posted on 10/09/2013 9:15:42 PM PDT by Truthoverpower (The guvmint you get is the guvmint you deserve)
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