Missouri man bakes fireworks, blows up kitchen
By Associated Press, 07/05/01
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fireworks hidden in a Kansas City man's oven turned out to be a recipe for disaster when the man attempted to heat up some food but instead blew his kitchen to bits.
The explosion occurred early Wednesday, the U.S. Independence Day holiday, at the home of a 28-year-old man who had spent the night celebrating with a group of friends, Kansas City Assistant Fire Marshall Jim Duddy said Thursday.
According to Duddy, the group, "who had been drinking heavily," were shooting fireworks off for several hours Tuesday night at the Northland area home, disturbing neighbors who called police.
Someone in the group attempting to hide a stash of fireworks from the police, stuffed them into the oven and then forgot about them, Duddy said.
About 3 a.m. the homeowner decided to bake some lasagna and turned the oven on. "It blew the kitchen all apart," said Duddy. "The walls were all blown out, the oven flew right through one of the walls."
Flying glass caused some slight injuries, but otherwise no one was hurt.