We all know that holding a lit stick of dynamite is dangerous (or at least we should know that). If you doubt the veracity of my claim that lit dynamite holding is dangerous I would direct you to Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, or Yosemite Sam. You could argue that my examples are specious, however, I don’t actually want to show someone holding a stick of dynamite. If they survive, they will no longer have a hand, possibly be deaf and blind, and could be brain damaged as well. Though you could argue that they were brain damaged to begin with. Now on with the explosions and other stupidity. Be warned the language in the video is strong in a few scenes.
The first explosion that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with fireworks starts at 51 seconds. A guy is trying to light something inside his barbeque grill while shielding himself with the grill lid. The shield doesn’t end up doing much good. Let’s hope he still has a face.
Stupidity with Fireworks
At 8 seconds into the video we see a young man who wants to prove that he has balls of steel, and I mean that literally, not figuratively. As we can see he should have just decided to prove his claim in the figurative sense. That explosion may not have left much, but I could be wrong.
At 1:38 we have some wanna be superheroes. “Captain Duhmerica” decides to stand in the line of fire of a live firework. Sure he has his shield, but the real shield had special properties and Captain America knew how to use it properly. Anyway, his friend actually misses the shield and we get to see the victim dance around while the rocket explodes at his feet. At least have the sense to get away from the live ammo.
Have you ever been watching fireworks and thought, as they explode way up in the sky, I wonder what that looks like up close? The people at 3:10 no longer need to wonder. Things like this make me wonder who is in charge and what safety precautions did they take. There is always the chance of something going wrong with fireworks. They can go off too late, too early, or not at all. So, what happened here?
Stupidity and Firebombs
At the 20 second mark a couple of young men are making a firebomb out of what looks like a hollowed out melon. The one young man probably would have been okay until he decided to hit the melon with a bat of some sort. I think that they were going for an explosive landing effect, but melons are not meant to take impacts like that. They did get the explosive results, just more first-hand than they were expecting.
I think that this goes here because of the size more than anything else. At 2:36 a guy lights a bonfire. However, they used so much accelerant to start the fire that they get two explosions, one when they initially touch off the accelerant and the next when the fire reaches the bonfire. The added stupidity is that the guy starting the fire gets caught in the initial explosion. You can even hear the camera operator laughing.
Okay, Light Me or It
This video also features several idiots who either light themselves on fire or end up lighting themselves on fire while trying to light something else on fire, which amounts to the same thing in the end.
The first certifiable case starts at 14 seconds. Some frat boy decides that he’s going to try drinking fire. He lights his drink on fire and then proceeds to drink it. What ends up happening is that he lights his face on fire. When people light alcohol on fire they do it for a reason. Either they are trying to burn the alcohol off, cook on a special stove, or something similar. You aren’t supposed to ingest fire.
Then at 27 seconds a skateboarder tries to skate through fire. Since the first go wasn’t impressive enough they make the fire bigger and light his pants on fire. It’s pretty funny watching him run away, trying to pull his pants off.
You would think that lighting a banana on fire wouldn’t be such a big deal. However, the guy wearing the banana suit might not agree. At first he seems almost happy to be going along with it, but that quickly changes. When the fire decides to take over and start doing things its way. His friends, who should have talked him out of this idiocy in the first place, even try to douse the fire with water as he strips out of the costume. You can see how well that works.
Another incident starts at 6:00. Some young idiot decides to put some form of accelerant in his hair and then light it on fire. The problems, aside from his low IQ, start almost immediately. Not only are they putting an accelerant in his hair, but hair is very flammable. Let’s hope that all he suffers is a mild case of mental trauma.
I think that the weirdest incident starts at 7:05. A DJ is in the studio doing his job when a freak fire breaks out. The guy doesn’t seem overly interested in the fact that the studio is on fire. He doesn’t stop what he’s doing at all, just goes about his business. The only concession he makes is when he tries to put it out with his foot, for all the good that does. Seriously, after he knocks the fire over, spreading it, he turns his back on it. He probably would have stayed there till he died if those two guys with fire extinguishers didn’t come in. They put the fire out and he goes on as if nothing happened. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was taught that there are certain things to do if a fire breaks out. Ignoring it wasn’t one of those things.
Dry Ice Bombs
Dry ice can be fun. You can use it for a variety of things, my personal favorite is carbonating beverages. It can also be used to make dry ice bombs. You pack some dry ice into a bottle, add a little water, and boom. The problem is that you can’t tell how long you’ve got till the explosion as the people at 3:15, 3:34, and 6:42 found out. As you can see, dry ice bombs can pack a huge punch.
There are a few mishaps with military explosions. You can see a warhead misfire and land inches from the tube at 4:08. There is also a hand grenade exercise that doesn’t go as planned at 4:16. The guy pulling his friend into the trench is pretty funny. Luckily for them he chose the correct side. There are two incidents with RPGs that are pretty funny. The first, at 4:22, involves a man firing the RPG and knocking our his companion with the backblast at 4:22. The second, at 4:56, has four men at a firing range, practicing with RPGs. Watch the fourth guy in the line. When the RPG doesn’t launch as expected he throws the thing behind the line. If you’ve never been to a firing range, behind the line is where you are supposed to stand if you are not firing. It is also where people store the extra guns and ammo that aren’t being used. So, not a good direction to throw a potentially explosive warhead.
I don’t know if you have ever watched the show Mythbusters. Some of my favorite episodes are when they use some form of explosive, and there are many. That being said they employ a plethora of safety measures when they are investigating explosions. Something that the people in this video should have learned.