A Connecticut woman mistakenly lit a stick of dynamite instead of a candle during a power outage and suffered severe injuries Thursday night, police said.
Authorities said the “tragic accident” happened to the 30-year-old mother of two on Lindley Street after thunderstorms passed through the Bridgeport area.
The family tried to go to Home Depot to buy emergency lighting, but the store was closed.
When they got back home, they went to get what they believed were candles left behind in the basement by previous residents.
“She attempted to light one of what she thought was the candle and turned out to be a quarter stick of dynamite,” police said.
The woman was taken to the hospital with “extreme injuries” to her hands, and she might lose fingers. She also suffered serious facial injuries, police said. The explosion did not injure anyone else.
Police and the fire department later searched the home and removed another dynamite device. It’s against the law to have dynamite or fireworks in Connecticut, but police aren’t pressing charges.
Authorities are reminding people to make sure they have backup lighting in their home in the event of an outage, and to report any suspicious items that could cause a fire to police.
In another Darwin Awards moment, daredevil Wang Yongning died after falling from a 62-story skyscraper in Shangsha, China, posting a tragic video of his last successful stunt to social media on the day he perished.
The base-jumping stuntman is known for walking along rooftops, hanging from high buildings, and even doing pushups on the side of skyscrapers.
News of his death became known only after fans noticed he hadn’t updated his Weibo account in a month. His friends have since confirmed that he died on November 8 and his body was discovered the next day, CGTN reports.
Police said he fell from the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre, one of the city’s tallest buildings, the South China Morning Post reports.
The 26-year-old shared vertigo-inducing videos taken from dizzying heights on his social media channels, and had published a video of himself hanging on top of a skyscraper on November 8. He had more than a million followers on social media and said in the past that his goal was to “challenge all skyscrapers in the world without protection.”
Wang’s friends confirmed his death and said previous videos showing him appearing to fall from a building had been recorded as a joke.
The South China Morning Post reports Wu had recently started a rooftopping challenge with a $15,000 prize.
“He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge],” his uncle Feng Shengliang told the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald, the South China Morning Post reports. “He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 7th, 2018