By Michael Rand
Know how you can tell Newbie is new? Well, he was checking through our “categories,” which we used for a brief and wonderful period more than a year ago. He came upon the “Cannon-related injuries” tag and decided to do some investigating as to whether there have been any recent updates. He found a story from last October, which doesn’t count as “breaking news” but does definitely fit the realm of a cannon-related injury. We particularly enjoyed the parts of the story that we put in bold type:
A Riley County teenager (was) life-flighted to a burn-unit in Wichita last night because of injuries received from a homemade cannon. The incident happened in Ogden, Kansas, a town with fewer than one thousand people.
Ogden is just west of Manhattan, bordering Fort Riley. Last night, just north of the city, 17 year-old Jacob Henkel received burns from an unintentional discharge of the homemade cannon.
Officials say it happened in the 2800 block of Mallon Road. This street runs along the Ft. Riley fence and is heavily-wooded. Homes are few and far between.
A convenience-store clerk on the main street of Ogden said the sound of explosions is nothing out of the ordinary.
“Here in town you know if something blows up,” James Britt said. “It’s no big deal because we’re so used to Ft. Riley blowing stuff up, most people probably wouldn’t even notice that anything happened like that.”
He also said many emergency vehicles responded to the incident, including a helicopter that flew Henkel to Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita with burns to his body.
The hospital said he is in good condition.
Moral of the story (a recurring theme in stories with this tag): do not fire cannons.