Teenager loses fingers in homemade bomb prank blast

Teenager loses fingers in homemade bomb prank blast
Published: 2013 May 13 20:48:51 (9604 Views)
An Australian teen lost most of his fingers in a homemade bomb explosion — a vicious attack that his mom says was no accident.

Michael Boggan, 15, endured nine hours of surgery after the Friday blast that left him seriously maimed.

The boy was sitting with other teens outside of a suburban Brisbane home when one of them handed him a golf ball, which was actually a homemade bomb filled with ball bearings and white powder, according to reports.

"All I remember is I was shaking (the ball) up a little bit and then boom. I couldn't see or hear," Michael Boggan said from his hospital bed, according to Australia's Channel 10 news.

Shrapnel from inside of the ball struck Michael Boggan's legs, his family said. The detonation also destroyed a set of patio furniture.

The three other teens, ages 15 to 18, who were with Michael Boggan at the time of the incident were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Police didn't publicly identify a main culprit, and no charges have been filed.

Rebecca Boggan, however, called the prankster an "on and off friend." She said her son, who is autistic, was merely trying to be friendly with him and the other boys.

"He (Michael) is done with the friendship now, he's had enough," she told The Courier-Mail.



"I'd love to know what the other boy has to say for himself though," she added.

The boy who allegedly gave her son the golf ball claimed the white powder inside of it was heroin, Rebecca Boggan said.

Her son said he held the ball and was playing around with it when it exploded.

Now, Michael Boggan's recovery will be a long one. Doctors said they will use skin from his stomach and thighs to graft onto his hands.

"I looked at my hands and I was like, 'Tell me this is a dream, please tell me this is a dream,'" Michael Boggan said after realizing he had been injured.

The boy's stepfather said bullies have been targeting him for the past three years, and all he wanted to do was fit in.

"He would come home sometimes and he had been in fights with other kids and he's come home angry ... because no one liked him and they just kept treating him like crap," Michael Clifton told The Courier-Mail.

On the day of the incident, the teen had gone with his stepdad to buy a slow cooker as a Mother's Day present. Now, his life has been permanently changed.

"These teenagers have no moral compass," Clifton said.





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