Mother mistakes dynamite for candle during power outage – IOTW Report

Mother mistakes dynamite for candle during power outage

– Authorities say a Connecticut woman mistook a stick of dynamite for a candle during a power outage and suffered severe hand injuries.

Assistant Bridgeport Fire Chief Michael Caldaroni says the woman was looking to light a candle in her home at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday after the power went out during a storm.

The dynamite went off in the woman’s hand.

One of her children called 911 and she was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured.

Caldaroni says one of the home’s windows was blown out.

Firefighters found another explosive device in the home and as a precaution, evacuated people in the homes on either side of the woman’s residence and called the state police bomb squad to remove it.

The woman’s name wasn’t released.


H/T Snowball the Sourpuss

46 Comments on Mother mistakes dynamite for candle during power outage

  1. I think it may have been like an H100 firecracker since another news source reported it as a 1/4 stick of dynamite. There wouldn’t be much to take to the hospital if had been a full stick.

  2. I saw a news video last night. They said her kid handed it to her in the dark because the lights were out due to a power outage. They blame it on the previous tenant, who left them in a drawer in the basement.
    Wouldn’t the sparks coming from the fuse been a clue that it was not a candle?

  3. M-80? I suppose in the dark, it’s easy to confuse an M-80 with one of those candles with it’s wick on the side, so….

  4. My dynamite is always kept in clearly marked containers. I’ve worried for years about just this sort of thing happening. My hand grenades though are in the fruit bowl on my kitchen counter. I always get nervous when I buy pineapples.

  5. Now, why couldn’t Reggie make that mistake when shoving candles up Obola’s ass?

    Ha ha ha! Just kidding, of course … Reggie NEVER lights them!

    izlamo delenda est …

  6. I call BS, you can’t just light a stick of dynamite and it blow up. It takes at least 60 lbs of percussion to make it blow up.

  7. I am always conscious of the dynamite in my kitchen. That’s why I hide it behind the rat poison I keep next to the baking soda.

  8. farm Wife, It is called a blasting cap.
    It has mercury fulminate in it.The old
    ones had a fuse you crimped inside the cap.
    The new ones are electric.

  9. @ Radioman, I know little bit about it, my hubby used it to clear land of large stumps and once to bring down a concrete silo. This was in early 80’s when you could buy it like it was a stick of gum.

  10. I am not an expert, but I thought that a stick of dynamite did not have a fuse and could not detonate without inserting a primer. Now the primer is very dangerous, but who has dynamite just sitting around? The feds require you to account for every last bit.

  11. Sticks of dynamite are probably believed to be required for home defense in Bridgeport, Ct. In view of the gun restriction laws in the state, and the high crime rate in the city. After all lighting the fuse and tossing the TNT in the right direction always works so well in the movies, right?

  12. This story is taking on a “reporter don’t know shit”, smell.
    Kinda like the AR-47, chainsaw bayonet mount, chain fed clip.
    TNT, Dynomite ! Pretty much needs a percussion detonation.
    This was a big damn firecracker.
    Is “Connecticut woman” gong to replace “Florida man” for dumb?
    She better get crackin’.

  13. TIM

    Only a mental defective like Yeb! would confuse a “pineapple” with a pineapple.

    the Grenade is the size of a baseball; but is much heavier! I Have lots of experience with both pineapples! Thank God the little ones not in the last 50 years!

    I think if you paint the “pineapple” green and put it in a bowl of Granny Smith’s most folk would not notice; that is how small they were

    I made a living as a “Bean Counter” I tend to be literal; sorry

  14. Bridgeport, CT? Are you sure they didn’t mean to say ThreeStoogesville?!?

    Hey, Moe! Pass me the suntan lotion! (Of course it’s right next to the motor oil on your beach blanket.)

  15. I caught this idiot breaking into my truck at the boat ramp. I shoved a stick of dynamite I bought in Mexico up his rectum and fired it up. Quentin Tarantino would be proud.

  16. The dynamite was probably fishing tackle.

    Surely you’ve heard the story about the guy who took a friend out in his boat teach him how to fish.

    When he stopped the boat and reached into the tackle box his friend finally noticed there were no fishing poles on board and complained about it.

    His friend put a stick of dynamite in his hands with a lit fuse and and asked, “Are you going to sit there and complain? Or are you going to fish?”


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