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Old 07-03-2007, 10:12 PM   #1
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We once went camping on a small island in an Adirondack lake. The island had only room for one camping party. As a police officer, I had a large bag of "confiscated fireworks." I also had my Ruger Super Redhawk .44 pistol along (In case of bears ;-)) As night approached we readied our display. I removed my holster and set it down next to the bag of fireworks. I pulled out a large roman candle and moved a good distance away to the edge of the water. I lit it and it made a little "fuh" sound and spit a ball of fire out only a couple of feet. As I said to my friends "Aww, it's a dud" the second ball flew backwards right into the bag of fireworks. It started to go off like a 4th of July display and at first my friend's went "cool!" I wasn't sure how hot the fire would get and I yell "My gun's right there!" We all dove for cover and hid as this went on for about 5 minutes. When it was over we worried about the Park Rangers showing up to see what was going on. I told my friends to say "It wasn't us" (remember- no one but the three of us on the whole island!) No one ever showed and no one got shot that weekend. To this day we still laugh about the odds of our first shot causing the chain reaction!
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We once went camping on a small island in an Adirondack lake. The island had only room for one camping party. As a police officer, I had a large bag of "confiscated fireworks." I also had my Ruger Super Redhawk .44 pistol along (In case of bears ;-)) As night approached we readied our display. I removed my holster and set it down next to the bag of fireworks. I pulled out a large roman candle and moved a good distance away to the edge of the water. I lit it and it made a little "fuh" sound and spit a ball of fire out only a couple of feet. As I said to my friends "Aww, it's a dud" the second ball flew backwards right into the bag of fireworks. It started to go off like a 4th of July display and at first my friend's went "cool!" I wasn't sure how hot the fire would get and I yell "My gun's right there!" We all dove for cover and hid as this went on for about 5 minutes. When it was over we worried about the Park Rangers showing up to see what was going on. I told my friends to say "It wasn't us" (remember- no one but the three of us on the whole island!) No one ever showed and no one got shot that weekend. To this day we still laugh about the odds of our first shot causing the chain reaction!
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:27 AM   #3
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By your actions of using "confiscated fireworks", suggesting that your friends lie, etc. it sounds like you muust really be a model extraordinaire for the law enforcement community! Frankly, I think it would have been more of a community service for you to not even have related your story on a public forum, and I openly show my full name and city of residence in my profile, Ken,'04 DSDP
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Ken, "judge not lest you be judged". Lighten up a little, enjoy life. I thought the story was a good one.

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Great story,reminds me of the time camping with my buds around the age of 15. Someone threw a can of chicken noodle soup in the fire without telling anyone.When that can explodes,people start running.How did I know it was chicken noodle? I had noodle scars imbedded in my forehead for days.
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I agree 110% with Ken. I believe a Police Officer should set a good example.
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Big Foot, I sent you a PM today, Ken...
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I loved this story, the reaons being that it proves police officers are human too.
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