Guy blows leg off shooting explosives-packed lawnmower: ‘Hey, y’all, watch this!’

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A Georgia man blew off his own leg this weekend while shooting at a lawnmower that he had packed with explosives.

Tannerite® is a binary explosive compound that explodes when hit with a bullet. It is used in target shooting as a visual indicator – a small explosion gives a clear indication that a distant target has been hit. The product’s safety instructions advise staying at least 100 yards away from the target and not using more than one pound of material unless shooting from an extreme distance.

David Pressley, 32, put three pounds of the explosive in an old lawn mower and shot it from what appears to be less than 100 yards. A piece of the lawnmower took Pressley’s leg off below the knee.

Blowing up a machine that rotates heavy blades at high speed … what could possibly go wrong?

More like “mow-ron.”

As if the story wasn’t sufficiently stupid, The Washington Post misidentified the gun Pressley used as an “automatic weapon.”

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