Wednesday, February 3, 2010

He's Not A Yooper, But . . .

he could be. It would be a fun party to attend, that's for sure.

From the Detroit Free Press

"A 62-year-old Independence Township man remained hospitalized Monday with injuries he sustained after authorities said a rocket-like backpack he rigged to power him on a sled exploded.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a backyard sledding party in the 6000 block of Townview at 7:35 p.m. Sunday to aid the host, who had burns over 18% of his body, Undersheriff Mike McCabe said.

"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 Monday.

The man had been drinking before the accident, McCabe said.

The man constructed the backpack from a used auto muffler, which he filled with gasoline and gunpowder, McCabe said. Wearing a motorcycle helmet, he got on an orange plastic sled.

"He asked another person to light a wick and then began to sled down a hill. At some point during the ride, the device exploded," McCabe said.

The man, whom McCabe would not identify, suffered second-degree burns to his face and right side of his body, and possible eye damage."

And including the fact the man had been drinking in the article was really unnecessary, don't you agree?



  1. I hold that the booze in his system allowed him to survive. Mother Ethanol takes and Mother Ethanol give.

  2. As always, you are correct. Mother Ethanol grants free passes to drunks way more than not in auto crashes.