Warnings after athlete detonates his pocket with caps

THE exploding pants of an amateur Mount Isa athlete has led to Queensland's entire mining industry being warned about the dangers of keeping fireworks in your back pocket.

Queensland Department of Mines released the warning earlier this week after a long-jumper made the mistake of leaving caps - from a starting pistol - in his pants while competing in late August.

The caps rubbed against a 50-cent piece and caused the blasting of two caps, which exploded his pocket on landing.

The jumper was not injured.

The department warns the caps needed to be kept in solid containers and free from any items that could cause friction and risk ignition.

Mount Isa Athletics Club president David Scott said after initial feelings of concern, onlookers were amazed at what happened.

"He was quite lucky the caps exploded outwards," Mr Scott said of the jumper.

"Obviously (the coin) has caused some friction in his back pocket."

Unfortunately for the athlete, his explosive jump was not enough to win first place.

"He may have been cheating to get a little bit further," Mr Scott joked.

"He did not do all that well."


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