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Posted: 4/4/2006 5:48:37 PM EST

Paperweight Explodes, Severs Teacher's Hand
Tuesday, April 04, 2006

VENTURA, Calif. — A teacher who kept a 40 mm shell on his desk as a paperweight blew off part of his hand when he apparently used the object to try to squash a bug, authorities say.

The 5-inch-long shell exploded Monday while Robert Colla was teaching 20 to 25 students at an adult education class.

Part of Colla's right hand was severed and he suffered severe burns and minor shrapnel wounds to his forearms and torso, fire Capt. Tom Weinell said. No one else was injured. He was reported in stable condition at a hospital.

The teacher slammed the shell down in an attempt to kill something that was buzzing or crawling across the desk, said Fire Marshal Glen Albright.

Colla found the 40 mm round while hunting years ago and "obviously he didn't think the round was live," said Dennis Huston, who teaches computer design alongside Colla.

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 5:51:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 5:53:48 PM EST
In before the duppety dupe lock. I'm an asshole today. Sorry!
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 5:53:55 PM EST
Exploding dupe... brb with link
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 5:54:36 PM EST
But did he kill the bug?
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 5:54:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 5:54:58 PM EST by TC6969]
Posted already, early this afternoon
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