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Driver Loses Hand in Jeep Explosion in Spokane
ABC News ^ | 1-25-14 | Gene Johnson AP

Posted on 01/25/2014 3:59:55 PM PST by smokingfrog

An explosion from a firecracker inside a moving Jeep blew off the driver's hand early Saturday and scattered debris over half a block in Spokane, prompting initial fears over the man's intent, police and neighbors said.

Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street, police said.

Donald Wilkes, 61, said the blast rattled his house and woke up everyone inside. He initially thought someone had crashed into his parked truck, and when he ran outside, he found the street filled with smoke and the Jeep stopped just against his 6-foot-tall cedar fence.

"I looked around for something that got hit, but there was nothing," Wilkes said. "My son reached in to pull the keys out of the ignition and make sure he didn't go anywhere, and that's when we saw his hand was missing. It blew it right off at his wrist — they found part of it half a block away."

Wilkes' son, 30-year-old Nicholas, and another neighbor applied a tourniquet to the man's left arm. The man was stocky, estimated at about 28 to 30 years old, and coherent. But he wouldn't answer questions about what he had been doing, Wilkes said.

"All he did was look at my son and say, 'Oh God, oh God.' He looked like he was going to pass out," Wilkes said. "My main concern was why he was driving around my neighborhood at 1 in the morning with an explosive device."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: explosivedevice; m1000; weird
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I bet he won't do that again..
1 posted on 01/25/2014 3:59:55 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Near Darwin award


2 posted on 01/25/2014 4:01:08 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: smokingfrog

a firecracker did that?


3 posted on 01/25/2014 4:01:10 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: smokingfrog
firecracker... please
4 posted on 01/25/2014 4:01:19 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: smokingfrog

Daym, they don’t sell fireworks like that around
here!


5 posted on 01/25/2014 4:02:24 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: smokingfrog

I spect that was one big firecracker.


6 posted on 01/25/2014 4:02:31 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: smokingfrog
An explosion from a firecracker inside a moving Jeep

Donald Wilkes, 61, said the blast rattled his house and woke up everyone inside. He initially thought someone had crashed into his parked truck

That weren't no firecracker.

7 posted on 01/25/2014 4:02:38 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Squantos

Darwin would appreciate the vast gulf between fuses and timers. Sort of a natural filter.


8 posted on 01/25/2014 4:02:47 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Chode

It must have been one of those firecrackers my mom was always worrying about.


9 posted on 01/25/2014 4:03:27 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: RitchieAprile

I guess I’m lucky to still have all my digits!


10 posted on 01/25/2014 4:03:27 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

There is a reason those things don’t say...

Light fuse, put car in gear, drive away.


11 posted on 01/25/2014 4:04:38 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: smokingfrog

61 years old and still has much to learn about fire crackers.


12 posted on 01/25/2014 4:06:10 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: umgud

I spect that was one big firecracker.
************************************************

Maybe an M-250?


13 posted on 01/25/2014 4:06:29 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

My eyebrows never did grow back right!


14 posted on 01/25/2014 4:06:56 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (yO)
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To: mountn man

going by the headline, it was the Jeep that exploded


15 posted on 01/25/2014 4:07:35 PM PST by digger48
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To: mountn man

I’ve heard M-80’s can do that but don’t know for sure ... and ... don’t want to find out.

I’ve never had one.


16 posted on 01/25/2014 4:08:09 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: muir_redwoods

“The man was stocky, estimated at about 28 to 30 years old, and coherent. But he wouldn’t answer questions about what he had been doing, Wilkes said.”


17 posted on 01/25/2014 4:09:43 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: smokingfrog

When we were little, my dad would light cherry bombs with his cigarette and throw them out the car window, while driving during those times of the year.

I think that was taking an absurd risk, with kids in the car.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 4:11:26 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: smokingfrog

The driver doesn’t have a name, let’s call him Righty-Tighty...


19 posted on 01/25/2014 4:12:52 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: smokingfrog

Not with that hand anyway.


20 posted on 01/25/2014 4:13:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Parley Baer

Lots of Indian reservations to buy from. But it is a funny time of year for fireworks, except I guess Chinese New Year is coming up.


21 posted on 01/25/2014 4:13:07 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Chode
Yep, not a "firecracker".

Happy New Year, Chode.

22 posted on 01/25/2014 4:13:41 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: smokingfrog

I made that mistake once (and only once)...I was going to throw a firecracker, so I lit the fuse, went into my wind-up, and BANG! It went off in my hand right behind my head. I couldn’t feel a thing...I thought sure I had been left with a bloody stump. I started to feel a tingle in my hand after a few minutes, so I decided to look. Still intact, all fingers with one thumb. NEVER did it again...


23 posted on 01/25/2014 4:14:16 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Slump Tester
she was a smart woman... 8^) it was prolly a 1/4stick
24 posted on 01/25/2014 4:14:34 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Navy Patriot; Chode

Article says it was an M-1000.


25 posted on 01/25/2014 4:14:45 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: smokingfrog

Full Stick/M-1000[edit]

Amteur Pyro made Full Stick- Current3” Long
2-1/4” Bore
2-3/4” O.D.
50-100 Grams of Flash Powder
Color: Kraft

or
6” Long
1-1/4” Bore
1-7/16” Outside diameter
50-100 Grams of Flash Powder

Color: RWB

Bodily harm: Instant Death

Note: Measurements are not exact or uniform, as these are only produced by bootleg manufacturers


26 posted on 01/25/2014 4:17:07 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: F15Eagle
Wasn't there a 'firecracker' called the 'Pineapple' years ago? It was supposed to be the equivalent of 1/4 stick of dynamite. We used to lodge one in a wall, light it, and then run back about twenty-five feet. Even at that distance; the concussion still rattled your rib cage.

Good times.

27 posted on 01/25/2014 4:17:51 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“My eyebrows never did grow back right!”

Ha! My Uncle has no eyebrows or eyelashes! He tried to build a rocket-powered wagon back in about 1930.


28 posted on 01/25/2014 4:17:52 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Navy Patriot
and the happiest of New Years to you Sir also!
29 posted on 01/25/2014 4:17:56 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: F15Eagle

We had M-80’s and they might take off a finger if everything was just right, but not a hand. IMO We respected them.


30 posted on 01/25/2014 4:18:00 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: null and void
Mr. Murphy at work??? remember, all five second fuses, aren't...
31 posted on 01/25/2014 4:22:46 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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When we were little, my dad would light cherry bombs with his cigarette and throw them out the car window, while driving during those times of the year.
I think that was taking an absurd risk, with kids in the car.

I'll say. Second-hand smoke from that cigarette. It's a wonder you survived.

32 posted on 01/25/2014 4:25:25 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: Chode

Murphy never takes a day off...


33 posted on 01/25/2014 4:27:15 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: smokingfrog

Firecrackers don’t rattle houses.


34 posted on 01/25/2014 4:29:34 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: tet68

I don’t think they sell those in Texas either.

But they say these M-800’s are equivalent to a 1/4 stick of dynamite?

http://www.alamofireworks.com/catalog/m-800-firecrackers-24s/


35 posted on 01/25/2014 4:29:59 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: RitchieAprile
a firecracker did that?

No. From the headline, it appears his Jeep did that.

36 posted on 01/25/2014 4:30:24 PM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: House Atreides

An M-250 is not a firecracker. it is a quarter stick of dynamite, IIRC.


37 posted on 01/25/2014 4:31:11 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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38 posted on 01/25/2014 4:32:54 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: F15Eagle

39 posted on 01/25/2014 4:33:50 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: null and void
100%
40 posted on 01/25/2014 4:41:30 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: smokingfrog
Ahmed had a premature detonation.
41 posted on 01/25/2014 4:43:37 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it and at whom it is aimed.”— Joseph Sta)
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To: RitchieAprile

M 80


42 posted on 01/25/2014 4:43:47 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: smokingfrog

However, one does have to HAND it to him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 01/25/2014 4:44:08 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: laplata

A fool I knew put an M80 with fuse lit into a toilet at a burger joint and flushed it.

A few seconds later the toilet blew off of the floor, and a rumble cascaded through town as just about every manhole lid in town flew up.


44 posted on 01/25/2014 4:49:06 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: smokingfrog

M-1000 per the article

45 posted on 01/25/2014 4:50:38 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: RightGeek

We live in a world full of dummies.


46 posted on 01/25/2014 4:54:15 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Fortunately many of them practice on themselves.


47 posted on 01/25/2014 4:59:32 PM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: meatloaf

The fool probably forgot to roll the window down before throwing it.


48 posted on 01/25/2014 5:11:01 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: smokingfrog

Should have been driving a VW instead of a Jeep...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnL-7x4n4d8


49 posted on 01/25/2014 5:14:58 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: smokingfrog

that wasn’t just a sile firecracker. media reporting trivializes this by saying firecracker.


50 posted on 01/25/2014 5:16:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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