Turbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
Fireworks accidents? Come to Gozo. Happens quite often that a firework factory (usually illegal) blows up and a few people die... then their body parts lie scattered around in a radius of a mile or so.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
To be precise, The Darwin Award goes to the person (or persons) who manage to increase the quality of the human gene-pool by effectively removing themselves from it.
It is naturally a posthumous award, although on rare occasions you might get nominated if you managed to castrate yourself... the effect is the same, your moronic genes will no longer infect the human race.
Here is a 2000 Award winner:
The Daily Grind
2000 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin
"He really got caught up in his work."
(01 March 2000, Maine) The owner of the Carrier Chipping Company inadvertently reproduced the chilling climactic scene in the movie Fargo, and was rent asunder by his own wood chipper.
The chipper, affectionately known as the "Hog," will take birch or maple logs up to 24 inches in diameter and reduce them to 3/4" chips of wood. Employees were working late to make up for time spent repairing equipment malfunctions earlier in the day. When the Hog jammed, Michael climbed the conveyor belt feeding the chipper and used a rake to break up the bark jam in the chute.
Director C. William Freeman of the Bangor Occupational Safety and Health Administration said, "Generally, our experience (of fatal accidents involving chippers) has found two causes: inadequate machine guarding, or a failure to institute an effective lockout-tagout program when someone is unjamming pieces of equipment." Apparently Michael was not a proponent of lockout-tagout procedures. His efforts were directed against a machine that was still in operation.
The Skowhegan resident was somewhat the worse for the wear after his passage through the Hog. Police Chief Butch Asselin said that the remains would be subjected to DNA analysis for a positive ID, and added "I hope I never, ever see anything like this, ever again. I had a hard time sleeping last night."
Aeromexico495 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2289 times:
Article copied from CNN.com
Peru shopping mall blaze kills 220
December 30, 2001 Posted: 4:03 PM EST (2103 GMT)
LIMA, Peru (CNN) -- At least 220 people were killed and 180 injured when fireworks exploded in a street-market store, setting off a blaze that swept through four blocks of apartments and stores, the local fire chief said Sunday.
President Alejandro Toledo declared Sunday and Monday national days of mourning and banned the sale of fireworks.
Witnesses said people jumped from windows in century-old buildings as the fire burned. Officials said many of the buildings had poor emergency exits and fire security.
The shopping complex had been filled Saturday night with shoppers buying fireworks for upcoming New Year's celebrations.
About 450 firefighters had to push through crowded streets to battle the fire, which blazed for more than four hours before it was brought under control shortly before midnight Saturday. Low water pressure hampered efforts to fight the fire.
The mall had been packed with shoppers when the fire broke out
Forensic officials set the latest count of dead and injured during a broadcast news conference Sunday morning.
One hospital treated at least 80 victims.
The fire broke out in two commercial buildings around 7:30 p.m. EST Saturday. Witnesses told officials a merchant was trying out new fireworks just before the blaze began.
Pope prays for Lima blaze victims
Pope John Paul II expressed regret at the devastating loss, the Vatican said on Sunday, Reuters reports.
"His holiness John Paul II, deeply pained to learn the terrible news about the many people who died in a giant fire in Lima's historic center, prays for the eternal rest of those fallen," the Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in a statement released by Lima's archbishopric.
-- Journalist Claudia Cisneros contributed to this report.