"Don't try this at home," and its variations, may seem cliche. But you should take such warnings very seriously. Back in October Saskatoon resident Dylan Ernest Gibson, and his friend Aaron Stonehouse, were injured when the pipe bomb Gibson had made blew up. Gibson, a young machinist, lost his left hand. And he may be facing jail time after pleading guilty Thursday to a charge of breaching his legal duty of care towards explosives.
But Gibson wasn't a wannabe bomber. Rather he apparently was inspired by watching Mythbusters, to see if he could make a working pipe bomb.. Unlike the Mythbuster crew, who have extensive experience working with explosives, and use them in extremely controlled conditions, Gibson built the device in his parent's garage. It blew up when he tried to drill a hole into it to gain access to the contents, reportedly after forgetting to install a fuse. Now, because he was foolish, Gibson is minus a hand, which probably will hamper his career as a machinist, and he will probably have a criminal record and face jail time.
So remember, when you're told not to try something at home, don't try it at home, no matter how smart you think you are.