THESE TYPE OF STORIES REALLY PISS ME OFF. THIS IS JUST LIKE OWNING A GUN, EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO OWN A GUN, BUT WITH THAT RIGHT COMES A HUGE OBLIGATION TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO ALWAYS BEING SAFE. SAME THING GOES FOR FIREWORKS, ENJOY YOURSELF BUT YOU ARE TAKING ON A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY. ..
AWM Reports: In Kent, Washington, police have issued a warning to all dog owners. They are encouraging people not to pick up any tennis balls they find lying around. This can be extremely challenging for a dog owner if they let their animal off the leash.
CBS News reported that individuals enjoy making their own fireworks at home although the result can be a missing limb or instant death. Nevertheless, people across Washington state are putting fireworks into tennis balls or pipes. If the “fireworks” don’t explode as planned, they usually leave the tennis ball on the ground like a land mine waiting to rip someone’s leg off.
These duds become active “tennis ball bombs…”
If you see a tennis ball on the ground, do not touch it the Kent Police Department warns.
“A tennis ball bomb is very easy to identify. It is a real tennis ball that has some sort of fuse sticking out of it. The tennis ball could also be completely wrapped in duct tape with a fuse sticking out.” CBS News tells dog owners and individuals
Never touch something that you think could be a tennis ball bomb. Simply keep your dog away and call 911.
“Some of them are very effective and dangerous, and some of them don’t work, but you don’t know,” Jarod Kasner, public information officer for the Kent Police Department in Washington state, told CBS News. “People light them, leave them thinking it’s a dud, but who knows what’s happening on the inside. Then a dog comes and picks it up…”
Although Kent, Washington officials have released this warning to their community, you should heed their advice no matter where you live in the United States. Other parts of the country are also expected to host thousands of these DIY fireworks created out of tennis balls.
IF YOU SEE A TENNIS BALL WITH WIRES OR IN ANY OTHER WAY MODIFIED STAY AWAY FROM IT AND LET THE POLICE KNOW. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN MISSING A LIMB.