A Missouri man was burning garbage in a field when the fire began to rage out of control, so he did the only thing he could think of to extinguish the raging flames: drive over the fire with his van. As if that wasn’t already a poorly conceived plan with the van of course having rubber tires and a loaded tank full of gasoline, the Clay County man’s van was also packed full of LIVE AMMUNITION.
I want you to picture for one second a man burning his trash in a field and the fire beginning to rage out of control, and in order to put that fire out the man somehow thinks that covering those flames with a gasoline container full of LIVE AMMUNITION is his best plan of action to put out that fire. Because that’s EXACTLY what happened according to The Kansas City Star. Ian Cummings of the Kansas City Star reports:
A Clay County sheriff’s deputy retreated to a safe distance from a van burning in a field Tuesday afternoon after he heard the sound of live ammunition going off inside it.
The deputy found the van burning near Old State Highway 210 and Bluff Road, south of Liberty, about 2:30 p.m., said Jon Bazzano, a spokesman for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy had been in the middle of a traffic stop when he saw black smoke on the horizon and headed that way to investigate.
Eventually, the deputy found the owner of the vehicle watching the fire from a distance.
The deputy learned that the owner had been burning garbage in the field and accidentally let the fire get out of control. In an attempt to put the fire out, he drove his van back and forth over the flames.
This made matters worse, as the tires of the van caught fire. Realizing that the van was loaded with firearms ammunition and a full tank of gas, the driver evacuated the area for safety.
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) October 14, 2015
This is Natural Selection in effect, my bros. And frankly I’m SHOCKED that this didn’t happen in Florida. Everything about this story is dripping with ‘WTFlorida’, alas it was not the Sunshine State for once!
A crew from the Liberty Fire Department responded to make sure the fire did not spread. It was unclear what type of ammunition the owner had in the vehicle.
The deputy did not immediately cite the owner, who declined to make a report for a possible insurance claim.
“It seems like he’s just going to have to take a loss on that vehicle because I don’t think they’re going to cover it,” Bazzano said.
I can’t help but wonder if a van full of live ammunition and gasoline is more effective at putting out fires than this technique:
Could you imagine if he did try to submit that insurance claim? ‘Uh, btw, I blew up my van because I tried to put a fire out with it but my van was full of gasoline and live ammunition and now I need you to pay for everything!’
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