There has been a self manufacturing incident in NSW on the 11 August 2013.
As reported by Emma partridge who is a crime reporter;
A man has lost three fingers in a chemical explosion while making rockets in the state's central west.
Police said the man was mixing chemicals which unexpectedly detonated on a family farm at Murga, north of Canowindra, about 4pm on Sunday.
He had already made a number of rockets, which were found at the Yells Road farm.
The man's mother and father found him with severe hand injuries.
The Parkes man, who was visiting his family farm, was airlifted to Liverpool Hospital for emergency surgery.
His injuries were not considered life threatening.
Orange police Inspector Peter Atkins said police did not believe the explosives were intended for anything sinister.
"It's more a case of young male making home-made explosive for his own interests," Inspector Atkins said.
"[It] appears he is making home-made rockets and unfortunately [has] blown his hand off."
Inspector Atkins said the man had been making the explosives with chemicals commonly found on rural properties.
Hazardous material firefighters were called to the farm and declared the area safe.
Forensic officers have examined the area and police are waiting to speak to the injured man.
This is an extremely serious matter that requires a thorough investigation by police and Workcover NSW. This man appears lucky he was not killed!
This is not a crime
What this is is the experimental urges of the general public at work similar to the situation that occured in 1957 in the states. At that time young rocketry enthusiast became active in making and launching home made rocket motors which resulted in many deaths and injuries which resulted in hospitalisation!
To address these incidences the hobby of model rocketry was invented by the late great Harry Stine. The hobby was specifically designed to provide an alternative
to contain the experimental urges of the general public to eliminate self manufacturing incidents such as the one reported by Emma Partridge.
The US NAR was formed and established at this time for the sole purpose of eliminating these self manufacturing incidences by adopting the policy which still exists today after 50 years of service rejecting "experimental" defined as user fabrication or commonly known as EX.
The late great Harry Stine once said "there is no safe way to manufacture a model rocket motor" this is a statement of fact and not a matter of opinion.
Am proud to be co-founder of an organisation such as the Australian Rocketry Association (ARA) who has adopted the same policies of the largest rocketry association in the world the US NAR of rejecting "experimental" and encouraging model rocketry and High Power Rocketry using safe commercially manufactured motors as an alternative which will not injure you or kill you as this young man has found out the hard way!
As the Adelaide Advanced Rocketry Club Inc (AARC) President which is affiliated to the ARA our constitution was specifically written to address these incidences which reads as follows in the objects of the club;
ARTICLE 2-1 OBJECTS: The objects of the club are:
(a) To cater and facilitate for the needs of its members, so that they may safely and legally pursue
their hobby of Model Rocketry and High power Rocketry.
(b) To arrange, manage and conduct sporting competition, recreational and educational rocketry
activities not related to experimental rocketry activities
, in a safe and legal manner.
This self manufacturing incident in NSW requires a proper and thorough investigation by those claiming to represent public safety in NSW to get to the root cause of why this incident occured. the obvious question to ask is; Are you aware of Model Rocketry which is designed as an alternative to the activities you were conducting?
Also as a suggestion for police officers investigating this incident would like to suggest asking the following question in your interview with this poor unfortunate victim
. Are you a member of any rocketry association in Australia or overseas? If the answer is yes next question;
What association is that?
Hope this young man recovers from his disturbing injuries and NSW representatives claiming to represent public safety act on results of investigations into this incident. If this was in South Australia (SA) which currently has 3 incidences similar requiring hospitalisation would be down there like a flash interviewing this victim.
Next time it may not be a few fingers but a death of a sibling. Am sure any parents would be most interested to know there is a current alternative activity available in the form of hobby rocketry which is basically self regulated throughout Australia. Public safety officials claiming to represent public safety have chosen policies to restrict access in the way of permits and pyrotechnics licences to an activity designed to eliminate self injuries as described above.
What does this say for the future of our country. Other members views are welcome!