What Does It Take To Get Into College These Days?
AT LEAST 12 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY students were severely burned when they used too much gasoline in their gasbombs while playing "mineshaft bombing" Saturday night. The stunt which is practiced by students in several Utah universities involves dropping a Molotov cocktail down an abandoned mine shaft and watching to see how high you can get a fireball to come back up. The shafts are covered with a rebar grate that has spaces wide enough to let your legs drop through.
Utah County sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon told the Salt Lake Tribune:
They make gas bombs and drop them down the mine shaft. A bomb hits the wall of the mine shaft and sends a huge fire ball up 200 feet in the air. … It’s pretty spectacular, but it’s incredibly, incredibly dangerous."
On Saturday, as the students dropped small bombs and fireworks into the shaft, a third group arrived with "large quantities of gasoline," Cannon said. "Someone decides he wants to go a bit bigger, so they put two or three gallons of gasoline in a jug or cooler and put newspaper in it as a makeshift wick," Cannon said.
Several of the spectators were sitting on the grate with their legs dangling through the spaces when the jug of gasoline was knocked over. "There were huge burning flashes and fireballs," Cannon said. "Two or three series of them came up. Then the wall of the mine shaft caught on fire."
In their panic to get out of the way, some of them got their legs entangled in the grate. When they tried to call for medical help, they found out that there is no cell phone coverage there. So they loaded the burn victims up into cars and drove them to the nearest hospital. Seven of them were transferred to a burn unit.
Despite the sheriff's best efforts to catch and ticket the trespassers, the locals have been doing this for several years. Five years ago one of them posted this demostration video on YouTube:
The seriousness of this latest stunt will lead to felony charges this time, Cannon said.
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Thanks to Mark D.
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