Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"Bright sparks" destroy car trying to steal fuel

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Three men trying to steal fuel from a New Zealand farm on Monday ended up setting fire to their own car.

Police said the trio had siphoned diesel into a petrol-driven vehicle. When their car would not start, they examined the fuel pipe using a cigarette lighter.

One click, a boom and the car burst into flames.

"It wasn't a major whodunnit," senior sergeant Ross Gilbert told Reuters, from the small North Island town of Waipukurau, about 230 km (143 miles) northeast of Wellington.

"Fortunately for them, there is no criminal charge for stupidity."

The men, aged 18 to 19, escaped injury but were charged with theft.

Talk about stupid... This news burb is from Reuters.


Blogger Tracy said...

I remember there was an incident like this that happened a couple of years back and it made into the Darwin Awards. hehe.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger dinghy said...

Lol, the story reminds me of your old animation project. "This doesn't look good..."

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 3:18:00 PM  

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