Tag: Fireworks

This sounds too crazy to believe..

But the Chinese state media is reporting that they had a major stretch of an elevated highway collapse from a fireworks explosion. Now I understand the Chinese likely build this thing with sub par materials, but I have a hard time picturing a truck full of fireworks of any kind doing this sort of damage to a structure that is supposed to support real heavy weights. And you have to wonder when the article points out that…

State TV broadcaster CCTV said eight people were confirmed dead and 11 injured after seven vehicles were recovered from the wreckage. The death toll appeared likely to rise: The official Xinhua News Agency said the collapse smashed and buried at least 25 vehicles.

Earlier reports by China National Radio and some other outlets of 26 people killed were later removed from websites, without explanation.

An 80-meter (260-foot) stretch of a major east-west highway collapsed in Mianchi county in Henan province. It scattered blackened chunks of debris and shattered the windows of a nearby truck stop.

Now I know the Chinese are not very safety conscious, and the article even mentions that, but I have a horrible time accepting that a major piece of a highway collapses when a firework truck goes kaboom out in the open. The mechanics and physics of this event leave me wondering WTF went on. That must have been some serious haul of some serious explosives, or some of the shoddiest construction possible to cause such a collapse. Maybe it was both. Or maybe….


Cheesey movie, but I wonder if there was something else that happened here and it we are getting told some bull.

Lawsuit of the Week

Tipped to me by Harley, with the words, “Lee would have LOVED this“. A lawsuit is being filed over … well …

8. [Defendant] was highly intoxicated on this date and time, and decided in his drunken stupor that it would be a good idea to shoot bottle rockets out of his anus on the [Alpha Tau Omega fraternity] deck, located on the back of the ATO house.

10. [Defendant] placed a bottle rocket in his anus [and] ignited the fuse, but instead of launching, the bottle rocket blew up in Defendant’s rectum, and this startled plaintiff and caused him to jump back, at which time he fell off of the ATO deck, and he became lodged between the deck and an air conditioner unit adjacent to the deck.

13. Per the applicable codes … the deck in question should have had a railing, which comported with said codes.

Yeah, um … asshole … it was the lack of a railing that made you fall off the deck. Not the act of sticking explosives into a bodily orifice. There is no way in hell a sentence that starts out “shoot bottle rockets out of his anus” is not going to eventually contain the words “hospital”, “reattached” and “called Explosive Fart Machine for the rest of his life”.

To be fair, he will probably win a settlement of some kind since he was served alcohol and allowed onto a deck that violated code. But there is going be a lot of snickering that court room.