Ohio Neighborhood Allowed Back After Home Made Capacitor Found To Be A Fake

Columbus Dispatch

A 911 call Thursday led to a precautionary evacuation of an entire street in a Northwest Side neighborhood in Columbus over concerns about a possible small nuclear reactor and alpha waves reported by a resident who said he sustained burns in his garage on the device. In the end, authorities found no hazard. The man will undergo a mental-health examination and may face charges of inducing a panic.

A Northwest side man will undergo a mental-health evaluation after his 911 call Thursday night led emergency responders to evacuate his entire street over concerns about a possible small nuclear reactor and potential radiation in his garage, a fire official said. More

13 Comments on Ohio Neighborhood Allowed Back After Home Made Capacitor Found To Be A Fake

  1. “…he was working on a small nuclear reactor and included references to a particle accelerator and alpha waves.

    Meaning, he was asleep at the switch an got zapped. Heh.

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  2. A First Responder not authorized to discuss the situation with the press reported:

    It was SO SCARY because he said his name was Elroy Jetson, son of George and Jane Jetson, brother of Judy Jetson….

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  3. Back in the olden days (OK Boomer) I did melt a screwdriver between the poles of a large capacitor used to start the motor of a 300MB disk drive.

    If the guy was building a large capacitor, and managed to actually make one that worked and discharged it anywhere on his body, I can easily see where he would be burned. There would also be a loud ‘POP’ sound and possibly a flash of light.

    The big question: To what end, Faust?

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