How to describe shooting up a refrigerator full of explosives?
Words kind of fail.
No wait. Here are two: Not smart.
And here’s why. In a video showing this stunt that went viral this week, the exploding fridge door flew right at the shooter and came darn close to hitting him.
The refrigerator was reportedly stocked with three pounds of Tannerite, an exploding target used for firearms practice.
When the shooter, standing about 50 yards away behind a little tree, hit his target, the refrigerator exploded into a fireball. The door came flying right at him.
He didn’t even have time to wet his pants, much less run.
The video has gobbled up thousands of views and comments like this one here: “r u stupid!!!!!”
The grown-ups at “Field & Stream” cautioned against these stunts with a story headlined: “Why You Shouldn’t Shoot a Refrigerator Full of Tannerite.”
The door that flies off “looks like some terrible ghost being summoned,” writes columnist and editor-at-large Bill Heavey.
“It’s surprising that it doesn’t spin or get turned on its side and come at them edgewise. In which case it would slice through the little tree like overcooked asparagus. Instead, it slams into a bush 3 feet to the shooter’s left.”
What scared Heavey the most, he writes, “was the sense I got that what they’d learned from this was that blowing up old appliances is an amazing rush that they look forward to doing again.
“And, sure, you can say that idiots like this deserve whatever happens to them. The only downside is that idiots like this have parents and siblings and friends who love them.”
Outdoor sports website OutdoorHub issued its own warning after watching the video.
“We urge you to never attempt a stunt like this ever!” it wrote. “Please adhere to the warnings and use this dangerous material (Tannerite) with caution ... or maybe take up golf or fishing.”
Watch the big bang below.
Fair warning: The language gets salty. Wonder why.