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Blasting Cap Explodes in Man’s Mouth at Party

March 20, 1986

KINCAID, W.Va. (AP) _ A man at a party popped a blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his lips, teeth and tongue, state police said Wednesday.

Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during a party late Tuesday night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne.

″Another man had it in an aquarium, hooked to a battery, and was trying to explode it,″ Payne said. ″It wouldn’t go off and this guy said, ‘I’ll show you how to set it off.’

″He put it in his mouth and bit down. It blew all his teeth off, his tongue and his lips,″ Payne said.

Stromyer was listed in guarded condition Wednesday with extensive facial injuries, according to a spokesman at Charleston Area Medical Division.

″I just can’t imagine anyone doing something like that,″ Payne said.

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