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Old 02-03-2010, 01:37 AM   #1
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PONTIAC, Mich., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Michigan said a man was hospitalized with second-degree burns when his homemade sledding rocket pack exploded.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the 62-year-old Independence Township man constructed a backpack from a motorcycle muffler filled with gasoline and gunpowder and put on a motorcycle helmet before sledding down his back yard hill with the fuse lit, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.
"At some point during the ride, the device exploded," Undersheriff Mike McCabe told The Detroit News. "Apparently, he has this sledding party every year, and he always does outrageous things at it, but he's never blown himself up before." McCabe said the man suffered burns to 18 percent of his body, including second-degree burns to his right side and his face.

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:56 AM   #2
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We definitely know that he is not a rocket scientist.

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Maybe not the best laid plans...but at least he wore his helmet.
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How much you wanna bet that helmet was the evel knievel replica from 1975?

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you'd think a 62 year old man would have more sense that being said if that had worked it would have been awesome!

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He's probably a laid-off Chrysler door hinge engineer that worked on the Jeep line! Not a clue what to do!

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I was more envisioning a bicycle helmet...

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constructed a backpack from a motorcycle muffler filled with gasoline and gunpowder and put on a motorcycle helmet before sledding down his back yard hill with the fuse lit

Awesome!



Yeah can't think how that plan could have possibly gone wrong
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This just reminded me of when I was a motorcycle mechanic. Another guy was working on a bike and it backfired, blew the muffler completely off the bike and shot it across the shop! I was crying from laughing so hard.vv

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you'd think a 62 year old man would have more sense that being said if that had worked it would have been awesome!

They say with age comes wisdom, but clearly sometimes age comes all by itself.
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