Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Man Dies Opening Grenade with Sledgehammer.

A Brazilian man died on Tuesday when he tried to open what police believe was a rocket-propelled grenade with a sledgehammer in a mechanical workshop on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

Another man who was in the workshop at the time of the explosion was rushed to a hospital with severe burns, a police officer told Reuters. The workshop was destroyed and several cars parked outside caught fire.

Police found several unexploded army issue rocket-propelled grenades in the workshop. They believe the ammunition had been brought there by scavengers wanting to sell them as scrap metal, but they also are investigating a possible link to Rio's heavily armed drug gangs who often raid military bases.

Any comment I might make would be both insensitive and superfluous. Please offer a prayer for the repose of this guy’s soul.

Of course, since it’s a Reuter’s story, perhaps we should await confirmation. Perhaps the victim was just opening a Pepsi can, and Reuter's added the grenade explosion to increase visual interest.