SEB Safety Tip: Don’t use live ammo to squash bugs.

Here’s another would be Darwin Award winner, but he only managed to blow off part of his hand:

VENTURA, Calif.  — A teacher who kept a 40 mm shell on his desk as a paperweight blew off part of his hand when he apparently used the object to try to squash a bug, authorities say.

The 5-inch-long shell exploded Monday while Robert Colla was teaching 20 to 25 students at an adult education class.

Part of Colla’s right hand was severed and he suffered severe burns and minor shrapnel wounds to his forearms and torso, fire Capt. Tom Weinell said. No one else was injured. He was reported in stable condition at a hospital.

Remember kids: 40MM shells don’t make good fly swatters, though they are handy if you need to amputate part of your hand in a hurry.

10 thoughts on “SEB Safety Tip: Don’t use live ammo to squash bugs.

  1. What scares me most about the story, isn’t the fact that he simply assumed the round wasn’t live, it’s that he just “found” it while “hunting.”  Granted he may not have actually found it while hunting, rather merely gave that as explanation to how it came into his possession, but if he did actually find it while hunting isn’t it kind of scary to think there would just be a 40mm round lying around somewhere?

  2. That’s nothing. Three years ago or so, two 500kg WWII duds were found right next to the path I walked to college, as well as a stash of same-era bazookas and ammo (apparently a small ammo dump was plain forgotten about for five decades). That shit keeps turning up all the time…

  3. My highschool Spanish teacher who I had for 4 years had a 40mm round on his desk as paperweight also. When I saw this on CNN I frantically clicke dit hoping it wasn’t my Spanish teacher. Luckily it wasn’t but now that I think back on it his round was just the shell totally empty… So it can’t explode 😀

    Oh and he got his from Nam not from the “woods”

  4. Dude, WTF???  When I was in high school just a few years ago, students weren’t even allowed to bring paper cutters, compasses, or scissors onto school grounds due to a zero tolerance policy. Even “provacative” items like keychains with corkscrews or those small (1.5 inch) metal toy guns attached were prohibited.  How the hell can this guy leave a 40mm shell on his desk and not attract attention?

  5. I guess I should stop using the handle of that pineapple thing I found in the woods as a bottle opener…

  6. Amazingly enough, I went to school with this guy. I have to stand up for his character; he is a nice guy, and is reasonably intelligent. That said, I can’t imagine anyone silly enough to use a piece of munitions they found ANYWHERE as a bug swatter.

    Bob has done a lot of hunting, and I am at a loss as to why a guy who has been around firearms as much as he would do something so stupid. But he did, and he learned the hard way that one should “let sleeping 40mm rounds of ammunition lie”.

  7. BTW, the school board is looking into the legality of having such an item on school property. He actually works for the adult education arm of the school district, but the rules for students still apply. It’s what rules that govern what a teacher is allowed to bring on campus that are now in question.

  8. I tried not to be too rough on the guy in my entry only because it’s the sort of absent minded thing I can see anyone doing. Granted, it was probably more than a little careless having munitions on his desk in the first place, but it’s not like it’s such a boneheaded move that it’d be obvious to the average person out there.

  9. LOL It is exactly this type of mental dwarf that I have in mind when I say that some gun control is definitely needed, there are people out there beside the obvious criminals that should not be allowed around firearms or ammo.. this twit just made my case !

    Bet he makes the Darwin awards as runnerup this year too !

  10. (apparently a small ammo dump was plain forgotten about for five decades). That shit keeps turning up all the time…

    You should go to France. Farmers in the Somme etc leave 90 year old rounds (and we are talking the big stuff here) by the side of the road when they dig them up, and every so often the French army comes by and disposes of it.

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