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Huntington, WV - A Marshall University student has filed suit in Cabell County Court seeking compensation for injuries suffered in the unfortunate aftermath of an anal bottle rocket launch gone awry.

Louis Helmburg III claims that on May 1, 2011, he attended an Alpha Tau Omega house party with his girlfriend. At about 1:30 a.m., Helmburg says Alpha Tau Omega member Travis Hughes “decided that it would be a good idea to shoot bottle rockets out of his anus.”

The lawsuit says that, “instead of launching, the bottle rocket blew up in [Hughes'] rectum” causing Helmburg to be “startled,” “jump back,” subsequently fall off the balcony where the failed launch occurred. Helmburg then became “lodged between the deck and an air conditioner unit adjacent the deck.”

Helmburg’s lawsuit claims that “firing bottle rockets out of one’s own anus constitutes an ‘ultra-hazardous’ activity,” a claim that clearly ignoring the thousands – nay, tens of thousands – of successful anal bottle rocket launches occurring on college campuses each year worldwide.

The lawsuit names The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Inc., of Huntington, West Virginia, and Travis Hughes, as defendants exposed to strict liability. The lawsuit notes that the deck which is “under the exclusive custody, maintenance and control of the ATO” had no railing. Adding that, “the subject deck was approximately 3-4 feet high.”

Helmburg is suing for an unspecified amount for his loss of time on the college baseball team, medical bills, loss of earning capacity and other damages.

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  • http://justiceforcaylee.synthasite.com/ shyloh

    I believe he should just “KISS HIS ASS GOODBYE! What an idiot. I’d be toooooooo embarr(ass)ed to take this to court. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WYTW5UWWTGEKN4L2HBZ7I4E5E Zazen

    Sounds like all attempts to dislodge his head from his ass while he was being treated at the hospital were unsuccessful as well.

  • Prominent Prozac

    Man..What an asshole.

    …*giggles*

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    I know his girlfriend was so happy at her choice of mate at that moment.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I cannot read this without laughing about one of the funniest videos I have ever watched… the classic bottle rocket fail:

    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/1195/ 

  • Anonymous

    What do you parents’ eyes do after you tell them what just happened?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V2RXCQ3LRM2C6AX4KHN47M7OD4 Jennifer

    Yeah, but the idiot asshole who should be ashamed of taking this to court ISN’T the one who launched the rocket out of his ass. Travis Hughes launched the rocket out of his ass and Louis Helmburg was injured when the rocket explosion startled him and caused him to fall off a balcony. Helmburg is the one filing the suit. If anyone should be ashamed it’s Hughes. Helmburg’s only embarrassing move was being easily startled and falling off a balcony because of it, but I can’t guarantee I wouldn’t be just as startled if someone’s ass exploded near me.

  • http://justiceforcaylee.synthasite.com/ shyloh

     That was just WRONG, WRONG, WRONG……… OMFG! I bet he felt like a real hero till he went home. Then he cried his eyes out and kept the tub full of cold water to cool his ass off.

  • Anonymous

    Well, we all know what body part he used to think of the ide in the first place:

    HIS ASS.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently being able to belong to a fraternity means you were there on a Sports’ Scholarship & you are a dumb as fuck jock. Other wise, how was it or who did he pay in the admissions office off to let him place a toe in an UNIVERSITY!???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DUYFNUSSCBZSSESMPTYYCKVZ2Y harold s

    I was lighting farts in college and burned my asshole. I should have sued Bic for it’s part in creating an ultra hazardous in environment.    

    I still have asshole problems to this very day.  :|

  • Anonymous

    Big bad jock is a big scaredy cat. 

  • http://tothechest.com Pete Puma

    I wonder what might have happened if he’d simply turned the bottle rocket to face inward.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    People continue to confound,and amaze me with the total extent of their stupidity,and ignorance.
    This however is a great example of what is meant by the term “Put some BOOM,BOOM,In your ZOOM,ZOOM.”

  • Anonymous

    Cry

  • Anonymous

    Lol Morbid not only was there smoke and flames coming out his ass, but it looked like smoke was coming out of his mouth as well….boys *shakes head*

  • Anonymous

    Drunk ass….I’ve made the same mistake with a cigarette, you know, facing it the wrong way and having to look like an inebriated retard. There’s no going back with a bottle rocket.

  • Anonymous

    Just think, these young boys/ men are our future. *rolls eyes*

  • Anonymous

    The start of a long and painful path to becoming you jr?

  • NY_Mommy

    What an asshat. Perhaps he shouldn’t have stood so close to the launching. How many videos have we seen where this stunt goes horribly wrong?

  • Texas Ranger

    If this choad can sue for that….then I have alot dumass shit I did to go to court with. CHA-CHING!

  • LeaveMeBe

    Holdon, holdon, holdon. So, the guy who fell off the balcony was just a bystander not the one who agreed to have a rocket launched out of his ass? If so, I misread the story the first time and I take back all the snarky thoughts I had about Helmberg but I will say this: it was a party at a fraternity house so I say you went at your own risk knowing that you might be a casualty of someone else’s stupidity.

  • Anonymous

    It cannot have been that starling…he was standing on the same deck with the guy – everyone was watching and waiting for it to shoot out of the guys ass….stupid crybaby.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    How is it that men have the ability to be that comfortable with other men around about their bodies? His ass was out, his boy held his legs back for him and the camera man told him how to hold his sac.

    The comfort level is amazing.

  • malq

    I have done this numerous times with no negative effect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470132826 Danielle Milbert

    there is a video on youtube of this… not sure if it is the same person. I will see if I can find it. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470132826 Danielle Milbert

    hmm, apparently there are a lot of dumbasses. You have a large selection of ass stupid people. Here is one.. lol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j26zaGERje4&feature=related

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    I wouldn’t give this guy a dime if I were on the jury which heard his complaint.That’s what he gets for going to that stupid party;no one forced him to be in attendance,or to be standing that close observing some guy’s naked ass hole.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Thats what you all say. Excuses, excuses.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Speaking for myself – I have never watched a firecracker shot out of a human ass video before … this is a new idea for me … I don’t think Black people do this one (consults list of “Stupid Things Black People Do”),no that’s not on the official list.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Yep … sounds GAY to me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Gives new meaning to the phrase “Burning down the house.”

  • Anonymous

    Don’t listen to Cedric, AM.  We compartmentalize.  As soon as the guy agreed to do it, his ass became a launchpad and everything else was just clutter.  

    …and, then, when his junk goes up in flames, it isn’t junk anymore.  It is hilariously-on-fire-”sorry I can’t reach the extinguisher because I am laughing too hard” junk.

  • Josh

    That ass was smokin’

  • Josh

    Women are far more judgmental about other women than guys are.

  • Josh

    More people get hurt that way than you’d expect.

  • Josh

    Thats cause they couldn’t reach up that far.

  • Josh

    Almost everyone is funny, so not enough…. =)

  • http://truecrimereport.com iLLusionS

    It seems obvious to me that the real pain and suffering in this situation was Travis Hughes anus…
    If you sit around watching anus rocket launching, and are so “fragile and special” emotionally, you probably shouldn’t be watching it in the first place.

  • Josh

    Thats right, he got a puss on and now he wants a payday.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    Ahhhh..that makes sense. So it’s another form of doing what is necessary to get the job done. Understood.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    Actually, women will look at another woman’s butt, chest, etc and compliment it with no problem. When my friend got booty shots to make it larger she called us all in the bathroom at work and we looked at and felt it to see what it was like. Same with implants.

    I think we just have a problem with embarrassing ourselves (like bottle rockets in butts) that men don’t have the same hangups about.

  • Josh

    For all the people that want to see a female do it. http://splodetv.com/drunk-girl-launches-rocket-her-ass

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    Why thank you. ;-)

  • Josh

    Step over the tongue please….

  • Josh

    I knew the bathroom orgy scenes in movies were based on true events. =)

  • Josh

    This one is good too, I love the explosion at the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG48v_azmSQ&feature=related

  • Andy P

    This is the first paragraph from the linked article.  I say if he jumped back and off a deck without a railing and got hurt it was his own fault, although if it is code for a deck this high off the ground to have a railing he may be successful at his lawsuit.  This should clear things up: 

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (CN) – A college student claims he was injured when a fraternity member in a “drunken stupor” decided “that it would be a good idea to shoot bottle rockets out of his anus,” and did so, “but instead of launching, the bottle rocket blew up in the defendant’s rectum, and this startled the plaintiff and caused him to jump back,” and fall off the fraternity’s deck. 

  • daMonBrooks

    Wait I’m confused….Someone else’s ass exploded, and the guy who saw it blow up is suing?

  • daMonBrooks

    I had to come back and re-read, I got the story now, the guy is just a dingaling. 

  • Josh

    I’m off to work. I gotta go to el paso, have a great weekend. =)

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    You too. =)

  • Anonymous

    Never get that drunk, people, unless you really trust your friends.

    On a side note… My boyfriend gets emails from writers and just got one from a fairly new guy. He just released his second book for free on his website (Dead Ringers) and the first chapter as a podcast. I downloaded it and started and it’s really fricken good so far. When I finish I will do a review on the forum. For now ryandeugan.com. 

  • Grumpy_Bear

    Helmburg should be embarrassed to be involved in the whole affair. If I’m at a party and I hear someone mention shooting bottle rockets out their ass, I’m gone.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure consumption of alcohol had nothing to do with why he fell backward off of the “3-4 foot high” deck.

  • Anonymous

     Ya, he’s just talking out his ass……………

  • Feng

    You can say that again. Immersed in the über-macho environment, dude comfortably had his legs spread open exposing the end opening of his digestive system to the other alpha-males, and farther allowed a foreign object to insert its way anally. Homoeroticism at its height!

  • Anonymous

     Now that’s a girl with a hot ass. pun intended :)

  • Anonymous

    OMG! Did this guy live?

  • Anonymous

    You too Josh

  • LeaveMeBe

    My condolences. But try and have a good weekend anyway. =)

  • Gee

    Did you see the caption under
     “This girl tries to launch a bottle rocket from her ass, and gets a toasty taint.”

    LMAO…Taint/Chode  will make me giggle like a school girl every time

  • Gee

     Very Funny…. I don’t understand how people can be so retarded to do this.
    The classic line in that video ” Pull your sack up so it can balance”

  • Anonymous

    Dont tell me that these are the future moguls,scientists, doctors and leaders of our world? Launching bottle rockets out of their asses?

  • Wildheart

    Ahhhh that one never gets old! :)

  • Eliza Berntsen

    Oh but of course they are.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm and I thought I was kinky…impressive…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WYTW5UWWTGEKN4L2HBZ7I4E5E Zazen

    No doubt, and I made that extra snarky comment this morning. Well, the least Helmberg should get is an ‘I’M WITH STUPID’ shirt to wear at the next frat party he attends, because it’s going to be true most of the time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WYTW5UWWTGEKN4L2HBZ7I4E5E Zazen

    He’s prolly going to claim PTSD as well to the judge; ‘Your Honor, there was blood, snot and ass flying everywhere… ::sob::’

  • Anonymous

     Roll so hard they get stuck in the back of their heads and they need them surgically repaired.

  • Anonymous

     OH GOD RUN!

  • http://twitter.com/pinkslit Traci B.

    Go Herd.  Not sure if I’m happy or disappointed that my alma mater made DD.  

  • hershey

    So Harold, comfort all the parents who have sons in college and tell them you went on to get your college degree, have a successful career, and now earns 6 digits. Go ahead…

  • hershey

    Just think, your daughter will be marrying one.

  • hershey

    Nah, just future politicians.

  • hershey

    Wow, and young adults with college degrees want to know why employers aren’t hiring them. 

  • Canuck Gramz

    Not your best but funny nonetheless haha

  • Prominent Prozac

    Don’t hate on me. I’m ill =/ ..More then in the head.

  • Canuck Gramz

    OMG!!! I feel so terrible for laughing!! That poor kid! I never knew till today that people are actually stupid enought to DO this!! Heck the guys in my family zealously guard their “treasure area” and these guys are putting rockets in their butts??! I think some people should just skip from 12 years old till adulthood, so their good sense has a chance to kick in. On the other hand, this might stop stupid people from breeding.

  • Canuck Gramz

    That part was unreal! If teenage boys gather in a clump do they all suddenly go stupid?

  • Canuck Gramz

    Oh you wish LOL

  • Canuck Gramz

    Oh yes I’d definitely be startled and step back ( and probably fall down two flights of stairs and impale myself on a spear ) if someone shot a rocket out of their butt. Mind you, I hope I would have the sense to leave said party if I heard someone was going to do that, but I also remember being a teenager and no doubt four cameras were filming this.

  • Canuck Gramz

    Pun intended?

  • Anonymous

    The way I see it, us girls are very much like these guys…

     (“…his ass was out, his boy held his legs back for him and the camera man told him how to hold his sac…”

    Except when we do this – afterwards there is a BABY.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    I don’t like that many people in the room  when I’m in the “firecracker booty” position. I’m more of a one-on-one kinda gal.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    As a teacher of teenage boys I can say with certainty…yes, yes they do.

  • Josh

    Many positions available….. =)

  • Josh

    Yes I did… =)

  • Anonymous

    It definitely would have been sexier. Right, Pete?

  • Anonymous

    That’s why wise black guys don’t get f’ed up around white dudes. That’s age old wisdom.

  • TNTim

    This is my hometown and Marshall is my Alma mater. I went to a couple of ATO parties when I was in college. I just have to say that it is PATHETIC that someone would remove their own accountability and blame others for their own bad judgement. If I tried and failed to launch a bottle rocket out of my ass, I would be too embarrassed to even recite this story…much less blame someone else and make a big deal of it. Sad, sad, sad.

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  • malq

     You may be on to something. Fried asshole is a delicacy in some parts of the world. The market in the US is wide open.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GOIESVIGZYZ7INDN6NNV5DPQKU His Mrs

    Has nobody else noticed that the dude suing was not actually a PART of the failed launch, but just a bystander that got “startled” and fell?? lmao..