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The stupidity displayed by the participants in the following tales stops short of the ultimate Darwin Awards sacrifice. Nevertheless, we salute the spirit and innovation of their misadventures. Next Prev Random

Putting the Pain in Propane
2008 At-Risk Survivor
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(December 2008, Florida) The District Chief of the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department reports, "An engine company sent a request for us to extinguish a routine trash fire. The Lieutenant said, 'You gotta see this.' An intoxicated group of men had decided that throwing paint cans into their 55-gallon drum fire was fun, but not fun enough. They escalated the excitement by tossing in not one, but three 20-pound propane cylinders.

Partially-empty cylinders are actually more dangerous than full ones because they cannot absorb as much heat prior to venting or exploding. The fun went south when one cylinder violently vented toward an unfortunate reveler. I cannot reveal the patient's name due to HIPPA laws, but he was transported to a burn unit for attention to his 'party favors.' I understand that the gene pool is still at risk from these rocket scientists, as the close call was not fatal.

Reference: Personal Account by Chip Drysdale

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