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Heated Petanque ball explodes, killing firefighter

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Heated Petanque ball explodes, killing firefighter

By Boonpim Baiya 
The Nation

 

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A firefighter was killed when one of three hollow steel balls he was heating in a burner exploded late afternoon on Saturday in Uttaradit’s Muang district.

 

Police responding to the fatal explosion report found firefighter Decho Phetchnin, 51, dead with a serious head wound. Two still-hot Petanque balls were nearby along with a shattered “Ang Lo” burner, whose parts were scattered in a 10-metre radius. 

 

Muang Uttaradit superintendant Pol Colonel Disayadech Patcharapuwadol learned that Decho liked to heat his water-soaked Petanque balls in a burner for two hours before joining other firefighters for an after-work game.

 

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Some players believe that heating Petanque balls increases the player’s control over the direction they move.

 

But on this occasion, one of the balls suddenly exploded while Decho was bending over the burner stirring them. A metal fragment from the exploded ball pierced his forehead and skull, resulting in instant death.

 

His family didn't question the cause death and have already collected the body for a funeral.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30325633

 

 
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For anybody else that opens this wondering what the hell "Petanque" is?

 

Petanque (French pronunciation: [petɑ̃k]; Occitan: petanca [peˈtaŋkɔ]) is a form of boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.

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Heating water soaked petanque balls...

You never stop learning :omfg:

Wasted life, feel for the family.

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26 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

Heating water soaked petanque balls...

You never stop learning :omfg:

Wasted life, feel for the family.

Water filled or partially filled steel ball, he was certainly playing a deadly game and lost. 

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55 minutes ago, canopus1969 said:

Idiot  :bah: 

A sad comment.. if i may say so.

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23 minutes ago, james.d said:

A sad comment.. if i may say so.

Why - he was an idiot to heat the ball up number one and two to believe it can control the ball in the direction they move !

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I want to know what makes anyone think heating can control the diection they will travel in.

The game is played on fairly rough ground and for me that's what controls where they go.

It's not a snooker table.

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Thai firefighter puts petanque balls on bbq.... like seriously??

 

Not long ago Thais were protesting that US rescuers won't risk life to recover dead bodies and calling them incompetent?

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And yet the poor guy was a firefighter?

 

They need to add a chapter in the Firefighting handbook about not subjecting sealed hollow objects to heat for fear of exploding like bombs or grenades. Or maybe that was in the 'common sense' chapter?

 

 

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Surely if you heat the ball you would have to wait for it to cool down again to use it.

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8 hours ago, JohnLick said:

Thai firefighter puts petanque balls on bbq.... like seriously??

 

Not long ago Thais were protesting that US rescuers won't risk life to recover dead bodies and calling them incompetent?

Just shows the mentality of some people. 

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