The Darwin Awards 
HOME
Darwin Awards
At-Risk Survivors
Slush Pile
2005 Darwins
Kittie Toy
Chimney-Cleaning Grenade
Freeway Dangler
Elephant Tail
Failed Frame-Up
'Plug Me In'
Surprise Attack Surprise
Wales Wins
What I Can Still Do
Mining for Elephants
Rocketing to Glory
The Nuisance of Seatbelts
Tide Waits for No Man
Off-Road Driving
Death Valley Daze
All Wound Up
Heck on Wheels
Other Darwin Years 
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 Vintage
 
~ Random Story ~
Email Alert!
NEW! Gift Shop
Rules  Search
Contact Darwin
Submit a Story
Philosophy Forum
Home

  

Darwin Awards
2005 Darwin Awards
Email a Friend Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it. Next Prev Random

 
 
Rocketing to Glory
2005 Darwin Award Nominee
Confirmed True by Darwin

(7 February 2005, Malaysia) Fireworks are a longstanding lunar New Year's tradition among Malaysia's large Chinese minority, and continue to be widely used to celebrate, despite a ban on their saleS and use.

Wan, a 29-year-old excavator operator, spent the evening watching people set off fireworks outside a suburban Kuala Lumpur nightclub. These were no mere firecrackers. They were rockets that shot as high as a ten-story building before exploding.

His curiosity piqued, Wan bent over one of the launching tubes for a closer look, wondering how these powerful rockets worked. He was peering down the tube when it fired, sending him flying ten meters. He died instantly from severe head injuries, according to a senior police official.

Reader Comments:
"Can you say "Fire in the Hole!"? I knew that you could!"

DarwinAwards.com © 1994 - 2012
Submitted by: Azhar Sukri
Reference: The Star and Associated Press

Previous Directions Next

The Darwin Awards Gift Shop

The Darwin Awards Condom

Keep yourself out of the gene pool!
A condom in a matchbook, useful for emergency contraception, bachelor parties, frat parties, and important rites of passage. LOADED inside and out with funny quotes and stories. Everyone loves this item!
Friends don't let friends reproduce!
$13 for Pack of 4

 

 

HomeRulesFAQsAwardsSlushSite Map
DarwinAward | HonorableMention | PersonalAccount | UrbanLegend