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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Taser+Gas+Cigarette Lighter= Bad Combo

A duh moment if I ever saw one.


A man in Western Australia was engulfed in flames when police officers fired a Taser stun gun at him.

Police say they used the Taser on Ronald Mitchell, 36, when he ran at them carrying a container of petrol and a cigarette lighter.

They said that Mr Mitchell, who lives in a remote Aboriginal community, had been sniffing petrol. They suggested the cigarette lighter started the fire.

Mr Mitchell is in a critical condition in hospital with third degree burns.

Doubtful that tasers are the issue here, despite BBC's headline.

This has been your ridiculous item today.