Man, 24, Dead After Trying to Blow Up ATM During Riots & Looting in Philadelphia


It looks like there’s another candidate for the “Darwin Awards.”

An unidentified 24-year-old man basically killed himself while trying to blow up an ATM in Philadelphia in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The man was trying to take advantage of the rioting and looting that was going on in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

According to NBC Philadelphia:

The 24-year-old, whose name has not been released, suffered trauma to his upper body after placing an explosive in a sidewalk-facing ATM outside a sports bar along North 2nd Street near Susquehanna Avenue around 6:15 a.m., Philadelphia police said.

Medics rushed the man to a nearby hospital where he died a couple hours later.

Police found live explosives at the scene and focused their investigation on the blasted ATM, debris on the street and on a vehicle parked nearby.

Multiple ATMs were reportedly targeted between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

NBC Philadelphia reporter Miguel Martinez-Valle tweeted out a picture of the scene:

I’m sorry, but if you’re using explosives in any nefarious manner, you’re a terrorist. Forget the “domestic” or “international” labels, too. You’re simply a terrorist.

This guy was just a really crappy terrorist. I’m just glad he didn’t hurt anyone else.

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