Simon Corbell has announced that he’s banning “Bomb bags”:
- “I have approved an interim Product Safety Order and issued a serious and clear warning to our community in response to an ACT resident who over the holiday weekend reported significant injuries to his eyes.” Mr Corbell said.
“These injuries were a result of being exposed to the contents of a ‘bomb bag’ which exploded in the consumer’s hand, but with enough force to spray the liquid content of the product into his eyes.
“The product, which is designed for amusement, creates an explosion by massaging the contents of the foil ‘bomb bag’ causing a chemical reaction between the ingredients inside, resulting in the bag exploding.
“It appears that in this circumstance the product has not been misused.
“The interim order will prevent or reduce the risk of injury to any person arising out of the possession, handling or use of this product while the Office of Regulatory Services makes further enquiries about the product and its distribution.
“Businesses who stock these ‘Bomb Bags’ should immediately remove them from their shelves with care and contact the Office of Regulatory Services on 6207 3000 if they require any further information.
As I’d never heard of bomb bags a bit of quick googling produced the above video. I can’t say they look like they’ll be any great loss to the community.
If you’re after a giggle there’s also video of a kid setting one off in his shorts.
Everything2 explains that they’re basically just baking soda and food acid.
So on the one hand harmless unless held in hand and deployed near eyes. Versus of no real value to the community unless you like seeing kids try to blow off their balls.
Is this the end of squeeze bottles filled with lemon juice? No more vinegar for your chips?
It’s an interim ban while the Office of Regulatory Services takes a look at the case before a final decision is made in 28 days time.