Black Powder Shoplifters Smoked

From the Outdoor News Hound “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” department comes a story out of Bayou Black, Louisiana, where a pair of 19-year-olds learned the hard way that when you’re messing around with a canister of black powder you just shoplifted from the local Wal-Mart, it might be best to stifle your personal smoking habits for the time being.Goex_2

Authorities with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office say that Alex Horn and Johnathan Porche were found in possession of stolen black powder one evening last week. Oddly, they were lacking muzzleloaders, flintlock rifles or other common black powder devices.

And what prompted the cops to go to the Horn residence that night, where the two shoplifters were discovered, allegedly in the act of fabricating a pipe bomb?

Well, there was this explosion, you see.

Things evidently really went south when the two sticky-fingered teens were in the home’s kitchen, and Porche nonchalantly flicked the ashes from his burning cigarette in close proximity to the opened black powder container.

Can you say, KABOOOOM!!?

Deputies said some damage was done to the home’s kitchen and dining room. The two, who admitted to filching the black powder, were treated for minor injuries and booked into jail on charges of shoplifting and possessing or making a bomb.