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What Part of “Don’t Try this at Home” Did You Not Understand?

Brainiac: Science Abuse was a British TV show that aired several years ago, where the hosts would demonstrate various scientific principles in entertaining ways. While the show was airing, Michael Thomas, now 40, and some of his friends recreated one of the show’s experiments, blowing up several pipe bombs. The group made six devices and set off five of them. The sixth ended up in Thomas’ shed behind his home in Warmley, Bristol, England. Recently, Thomas’ now-estranged wife decided to clean out the shed now that he has moved out. “She found a sports bag and having opened it she saw a number of pellets and a copper pipe, with green cord poking out the end,” prosecutor Nicholas O’Brien said. The area was evacuated and a bomb squad was brought in to destroy the device. Thomas was arrested and pled guilty to making an explosive substance. (MS/Cheddar Valley Gazette) ...The next bang you hear will be your cell door slamming shut — live on our new reality series!
Original Publication Date: 24 August 2014
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