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This Darwin Award goes to ...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by slappy4428, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    The woman who chose to look over the top of an COMMERCIAL-GRADE FIREWORKS DISPLAY when they didn't go off.
    When they did, so did her face.

    Feds to probe Melvindale fireworks death

    Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News

    MELVINDALE -- Police said federal officials will investigate how commercial-grade fireworks were apparently obtained without a license for use in a display that turned deadly Monday night.

    Danialle Barse, 27, died shortly after 10 p.m. when struck in the head by a large commercial firework explosive, fired from a 3-inch-wide mortar in the parking lot of the Outer Drive car wash where she worked.

    Barse, who grew up in Melvindale and lived in Taylor, was the mother of three, including twin 2-year-old sons. Her 8-year-old son witnessed Monday's incident, police said.

    The commercial firework device was a box of 25, 3-inch mortars, designed to go off in sequence as a multi-aerial bomb finale-type of display, said Melvindale Police Lt. Chad Hayse.

    "Somebody lit it and it didn't go off immediately. She looked over the top of it and it went off," Hayse said.

    Her friends and co-workers were unable to reach and help Barse until the display had completed its launch and firing. Hayse said the efforts were useless because the injuries were "catastrophic."

    Barse was pronounced dead at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hayse said.

    Police said they believe Barse organized the fireworks display, using about $1,000 collected from co-workers at the Town Auto Wash, 24951 Outer Drive near Dix Highway, Hayse said.

    Between 20 and 30 people had gathered for the display. Most of the fireworks were of the type legally available, but some, including the multi-explosive display, were commercial-grade available for sale only to professional, federally licensed fireworks display designers, Hayse said.
     
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Why is it when you see a story like this there is always some guy in a tank-top involved? I did think the family was pretty stand-up in talking to the press warning others about doing something similar.
     
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Where the hell did they get fireworks like THAT?
     
  4. Jack_Kerouac

    Jack_Kerouac Member

    Nothing like putting on a fireworks display for a whopping crowd of 20 to 30 rednecks!
     
  5. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    I left my apartment a little while ago for some Turbo Dog, and before I got to my car a bottle rocket almost hit me in the face. Idiot kids in the parking lot.
     
  6. beefncheddar

    beefncheddar Guest

    Lotta rednecks in Detroit?
     
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    In Melvindale?
    couple miles away, they eat muskrat,,,,
     
  8. One person closer to annihilation of the human race!
     
  9. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Shocked that a 27-year-old car wash employee has three kids. Enough money for professional grade fireworks but not contraceptives.
     
  10. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    There's a lot of rednecks everywhere.

    This is just thinning the herd people.
     
  11. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Normally, in cases like this, I agree with the ridicule and the award. But this lady's kid saw the accident. Somehow, I can't muster the same ridicule this time.
     
  12. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I have to admit, I laughed when I read it, but only because I always picture things like that like a Bugs Bunny or Road Runner cartoon...

    A couple of years ago, I found a really funny story about someone dying as the result of stupidity--I can't remember how the guy killed himself--and I forwarded it to a bunch of people I worked with, with subject line of "Early candidate for this year's Darwin Award." One woman got really pissed off and sent me a nasty e-mail... It turned out a childhood friend of hers had died in some stupid way and had made some "Darwin Award" stories and the family had really suffered. It didn't make me stop laughing at stories like this--they are just too funny and these are strangers to me--but every time I read one now, I also think about a family with a dead relative somewhere.
     
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