A Georgia man trying to make a viral video for YouTube, lost his left leg after shooting a lawnmower full of explosives; repeatedly moving closer because he was unable to hit the target.
“We get a lot of calls about Tannerite. It can be extremely dangerous if it is not used correctly,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said.
According to Wikipedia:
Tannerite is the brand name of a patented exploding target used for firearms practice, sold in kit form and containing the components of a binary explosive. The explosive comprises a combination ofammonium nitrate and/or ammonium perchlorate (an oxidizer), and a catalyst – primarily aluminum powder – that is supplied as two separate powders that are mixed by the user. The combination is relatively stable when subjected to forces less severe than a high-velocity bullet impact, such as a hammer blow, being dropped, or impact from a low-velocity bullet or shotgun blast.
The video shows 32-year-old David Pressley shooting an AR-15 at an old lawn mower he and his friends had loaded with three pounds of the explosive for 30 seconds, getting off more than 20 shots and moving closer as it fails to explode.
Tannerite recommends a safe distance of 100 yards per pound of explosive. By the final shot, Pressley is just 43 feet away from the lawnmower.When the bullet strikes the Tannerite, the lawnmower explodes in a cloud, with shrapnel flying everywhere.
“I blew my leg off! Oh, [expletive]!” Pressley can be heard saying.
That’s when what’s happened hits the amateur cameraman: “Aw, [expletive]!”
“Call an ambulance! Call an ambulance!” a voice is heard yelling. The video ends.
A 911 call reported Pressley was shooting Tannerite in the woods and “had possibly blown his legs off from the explosion.
Two of Pressley’s friends improvised a tourniquet around his leg, helped him to the front seat of a vehicle, and drove him to a nearby road. That’s where EMS met the group and began treating Pressley. “EMS advised David was missing his left leg below the knee,” the report notes.
He is now recovering in the hospital. And his video? It’s now public domain as police evidence. You can see it here as a warning to others: