A recently surfaced video clip shows 32-year-old David Pressley shooting a semiautomatic rifle at a lawn mower, which was for some reason loaded with pounds of explosive material.
Pressley, who enthusiastically shoots at the lawn mower, rapidly advances toward the machine and, much to his surprise, his target suddenly blows up. As a piece of shrapnel struck him in the leg, severing it from the knee, Pressley is heard yelling “I blew my leg off!”
The young man’s friends soon managed to wrap a tourniquet around his leg and drove him to the road where authorities received him and airlifted him to the hospital for treatment.
“I heard him scream, and so I came downstairs and we were all like looking out the front window,” said Pressley’s neighbor, Lydiah Mays. “You would’ve had to be on drugs or something to think it was a good idea to play with that and try to blow up a lawn mower.”
Apparently, the lawnmower was packed with Tannerite, which is a mixture of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder, which explodes when struck by a strong bullet. The material is often used for target practice but is not supposed to be placed near metal objects. Moreover, people practicing with it are required to stand at least 100 yards away in order to ensure safety.
For some reason, Pressley walked within a mere 25 yards, leading to his injury. He hasn't made public the reasons behind his unexplainable and ridiculous behavior, and the incident once against leaves us wondering how safe it really is to hand anyone and everyone a gun.
It is important to note that not every person knows how to handle firearms and explosive material, and making such substances readily available only leads to a rise of horrific incidents like this one.
Some kind of check and balance needs to be maintained in order to ensure that individuals obtaining such deadly firearms and materials are well equipped with information regarding its handling, or else incidents like these are likely to repeat.