Thursday, 23. October 2014
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An Austrian man is in a critical condition after taking an angle grinder to open a safe that the he inherited from his brother which turned out to be filled with gunpowder.
The 55-year-old man had inherited the safe two years ago after the death of his brother and was convinced that it contained valuables – but he had been unable to find the key or anybody that was able to open the safe for him.
In the end, he resorted to an angle grinder but minutes after starting work on demolishing the safe it exploded – leaving him with 50% burns over the front of his body when he was blasted across the garage at his home at Liebenfels in St. Veit in Austria.
He is currently in intensive care. Police said that they presumed the gunpowder had been stored in the safe because it was secure, but speculated that it might also have been a trap to foil robbers.
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