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Cigarette Lighter Triggers Fatal Explosion
1996 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin
(4 December 1996, Indiana) A Jay County man using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a muzzleloader was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in his face, sheriff's investigators said.
Gregory, 19, died in his parents' rural Dunkirk home about 11:30
p.m. Investigators said Pryor was cleaning a .54-caliber muzzleloader that
had not been firing properly. He was using the lighter to look into the
barrel when the gunpowder ignited.