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Man injured after lighting M-80 in his kitchen

Published: Wed, March 23, 2011 @ 1:00 p.m.


A 47-year-old Warren man was undergoing surgery Wednesday morning in St. Elizabeth Health Center for injuries to his hand from an explosion inside his home.

Ron Black Jr. of Clermont Avenue Northeast was injured at 3:05 a.m. Wednesday when an M-80 exploded in his kitchen because the fuse “lit too quick,” he told police.

Authorities initially thought Black was going to lose most of one hand and that the explosive was home made, but authorities now believe he won’t lose his hand and that the explosive was not home made, said Warren Fire Chief Ken Nussle.

Because of the uncertainty of the situation, the Warren police and fire departments received assistance from the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Nussle said it’s still not clear why Black was igniting the M-80 in his kitchen at 3:05 a.m. or why he had done it near a tub of water, a bag of sand-like material and a bottle of liquid drain de-clogger.

The explosion injured Black’s hand and caused a puncture wound to his abdomen.

Black went to his bedroom after the explosion. He contacted his sister, who lives next door, at about 4:45 a.m., and she called 911.

Police found Black in the bathroom with his injured hand in the bathtub.

In the kitchen, police found blood, broken drinking glasses, cardboard flakes, water, a shattered kitchen window, and small holes in the kitchen wall and ceiling.


1cbrandon(22 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

hey, it happens. i do a lot of things at 3:05am that i regret as well.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

How cool can you get ? Ron was exploring his world and documenting functionality . It seems as though he was a victim of a malfunction . Dave Betras should be contacted immediately and a lawsuit prepared against the manufacturer of the M-80 .


Police reports state a kitchen window was blown out and that several holes were also found in the wall from the blast along with a large amount of blood.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago


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4mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Did anybody check this clown for drugs? Can he be that stupid? There has to be more to this story.

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5Pyroc(136 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Famous last words... "Hold My beer and watch this"

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

He must be from Boardman HS drug school No body else is that stupid

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