it’s coming right for us!

Oh, Jiminy Cricket.

Orlando’s Finest got scared by a toy pony near an elementary school, and the bomb squad blew the poor little thing sky-high.

Somewhere in a cave in Afghanistan, Johnny Jihad is belly-laughing.  And one of the students at Waterbridge Elementary in Orlando is crying over her $300 pony that is now a 2,000-piece puzzle in the parking lot.


10 thoughts on “it’s coming right for us!

  1. Being scared may have nothing to do with it. But Orlando’s bomb disposal squad can chalk up another successful deployment. When is the next budget due again?

    Obviously, there’s a desperate need for a bomb disposal robot in next year’s budget. That poor guy in the suit could have been killed.

  2. Let me know when they start blowing up smurfs…

  3. Larry says:

    How long until the video is on You Tube?

  4. Al Terego says:

    “The sheriff’s office says it doesn’t keep track of how much an incident like that costs taxpayers.”

    Well of course not…wouldn’t want that kind of potentially harmful info falling into the hands of the folks who are FORCED to pay the I-guarandamntee-you $10,000 price tag.

    Funny though; when you or I need EMT care, an ambo ride, a chopper hop, and a wrecker crew after a crash, they will know the cost of – and will bill for – every single penny of how much an incident like THAT costs.


  5. George says:

    The Bomb Squad in one of the nearby larger cities has NEVER missed an opportunity to blow a “suspicious object” up.

    “Funny though; when you or I need EMT care, an ambo ride, a chopper hop, and a wrecker crew after a crash, they will know the cost of – and will bill for – every single penny of how much an incident like THAT costs.”

    I also love subsidizing medevacs for broken legs and other minor injuries with my taxpayer money. Used to be when the medevac came the person had a very good chance of taking a dirt nap anyway…nowadays, they’ll call a medevac for just about any sundry injury, cause they want to “justify” the cost of that shiny helo and flight crews on constant alert.

    • divemedic says:

      There are criteria for flying a patient in Florida, and they are:
      Must have two of the following, incident to traumatic injury:
      * Respiratory rate >= 30
      * Sustained heart rate >120
      * BMR =5
      * GSW or degloving of extremities
      * Single long bone fracture as a result of car accident or fall greater than 10 feet
      * 55 years or older
      * Ejection from motor vehicle or deformed steering wheel in MVC

      Any one of the following will get you flown:
      * Active airway assistance (in other words you aren’t breathing on your own)
      * Blood pressure < 90mm Hg systolic
      * BMR 15% of body, penetrating injury to head neck, or torso, or amputation proximal to ankle or wrist
      * Fracture of two or more long bones (radius/ulna and tibia/fibula count as one bone for the purposes of this rule)

      Each one of those is a sign of a possible serious injury. Do we err on the side of caution? Of course we do, and you can blame the malpractice attorneys for that. It has nothing to do with justifying a helicopter: my agency doesn’t own that chopper, a private company does.

      • divemedic says:

        I meant to say 2d or 3d degree burns to 15% or more of body, penetrating injury to head, neck, or torso, or amputation proximal to the wrist or ankle

  6. NYEMT says:

    I’m told (by someone who was there to see it) that a major commuter rail line north of NYC was shut down for two hours one morning the week before last, while a similar drama unfolded involving a suspicious tinfoil-wrapped package with wires protruding from it.

    This little item was spotted on the tracks by a sharp-eyed commuter, who (in adherence to the “If you see something, say something” program) told a train operator when the train arrived, who promptly raised the alarm.

    The tracks were shut down, police were called, and after an hour or so of PWH*, it was finally decided (as the bomb-sniffing canine was still some distance away) that the safest course of action would be to destroy it with a high-pressure water cannon.

    This was done successfully, to the delight of all involved, and a closer inspection of the detritus revealed that it was, in fact, a foil package containing a lobster. It was a red-letter day. First time the railroad was ever shut down by an aquatic creature.

    Me myself, I would’ve loved to see the expressions on the faces of the canine officers when the dog took a whiff of the package, then attempted to gobble down the contents. Opportunity sadly missed.

    *Pants-Wetting Hysteria

  7. BobG says:

    If it had been a Barney the Dinosaur toy, it would have been worth it.

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