12 July 2010 by Published in: General musings 7 comments

With many thanks to Jim Schmidt for bringing this little gem to my attention, I give you more dumbass re-enactors…

From the July 6, 2010 issue of the Morris County [NJ] Daily Record comes these candidates for dumbass re-enactors of the year:

Hanover cops: 2 injured when mistaken Civil War gun powder tube explodes


HANOVER — A 66-year-old Livingston man was burned when a man asked him for a light and, instead of lighting a cigarette as he thought, he lit a paper cartridge filled with gun powder.

Police said Joseph Princiotta, 42, of Jersey City, obtained the cartridge from his friend, a Civil War re-enactor, who had the tube of gun powder with some of his re-enactment gear.

The incident occurred last Wednesday around midnight.

Police said Princiotta thought it was a firecracker and asked the alleged victim to light it as he was walking through the parking lot of the Brookside Diner, Hanover Detective Earle Seely said. The gun powder ignited, flared up and burned the man’s arm. He was taken to St. Baranabas hospital and released. Princiotta had slight burns on his hand as well.

Princiotta was charged with simple assault.

Amazing. Can you say “dumb-ass”, boys and girls?

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  1. Barry Dussel
    Mon 12th Jul 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve seen reenactor’s do some really stupid things but , this is out of the realm of stupid . It seems to me that there was no mistaken identification of devices as well . Rather it seems like a really ill thought out prank . That went really bad.

  2. Mon 12th Jul 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Reminds me of two guys, who occupied the camp beside mine about 15 miles from my home. One day, they were trying to shoot a new flintlock rifle they had bought for the primitive Pennsylvania hunting season. They couldn’t get the flint to ignite the powder in the flash pan to then shoot the rifle. One got the bright idea to hold his cigarette lighter and put the flame in the flash hole, while the other guy held the rifle up and pointed it at the target.

    As I watched these two geniuses, I felt like getting my phone, dialing 911, and telling the operator, “Uh, could you stand by for a moment?”

    The guy with the light got a couple burnt fingers, and the fellow holding the rifle got the sh*t scared out of him.



  3. Basecat
    Mon 12th Jul 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Jersey. Now you know what type of stupidity I deal with on a daily basis. Hope all is well.


  4. Chris Evans
    Wed 14th Jul 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Wow! I don’t know which story shows human stupidity better- the one posted by Eric or the hilarious anecdote by J.D..
    Thanks for posting these,

  5. MCC
    Sat 17th Jul 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Guys, are you Serious? This ain’t nothin! How about the champion of mankind that shot his buddy in the foot at Gettysburg while attempting to play a practical joke? Now that’s DUMB ASSSS!

  6. Barry Dusel
    Sun 18th Jul 2010 at 11:45 am

    Yeah, I cringe whenever I see the yahoos doing their skits at the last mentioned incidents’ location. Now those folks boys and girls are reenactors!
    Yet, be careful not to paint those of us in the living history community into a corner with the reenactor crowd . There is a huge difference.

  7. Alton Bunn Jr
    Tue 20th Jul 2010 at 10:35 am

    If you read the article carefully it says he obtained the blank cartdrigde from a friend who is a reenactor. It doesn’t state that he was one. Of course it doesn’t speak well of the reenactor about his choice of friends.
    BTW the majority of reenactors I’ve seen are safety conscious and don’t do stupid things like this.

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