Zbigniew M. wanted to celebrate his daughter’s birthday by firing a cannon. The explosive placed in the barrel exploded and tore apart the cannon, with pieces injuring five partygoers. An indictment in this case was filed with the District Court in Leżajsk.
The event happened September 24, 2022 on the property located in Chodaczów in the district of Leżajsk in Podkarpacie. Zbigniew M.’s daughter celebrated her birthday at that time, on this occasion she invited a group of friends to her place, a total of several dozen people were having fun. As the investigators established, the birthday girl’s father wanted to provide the participants of this event with an additional attraction in the form of a self-propelled cannon shot. –
During the detonation of the pyrotechnic material placed in the barrel before the start of the show, an unexpected burst of the cannon occurred, as a result of which five participants of the event suffered injuries, Krzysztof Ciechanowski, spokesman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Rzeszów reported.
Five people were injured, Zbigniew M. was charged
The investigation in this case was conducted by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Leżajsk. She accused Zbigniew M. of unintentionally causing an event threatening the life and health of many people in the form of “detonation of pyrotechnic material placed in the barrel of a self-propelled gun replica” and unintentionally causing bodily injury to five people. – Seweryn H., whose injuries constituted a serious detriment to health in the form of a real life-threatening disease, Łukasz G., whose injuries caused a violation of the functions of body organs for a period longer than 7 days, and Aleksandra M., Gabriela Z. and Paweł L. ., whose injuries caused a violation of the functions of body organs for a period not longer than seven days – the prosecutor Ciechanowski clarified.
Zbigniew M. was additionally charged with two charges – first, that without the required permit he manufactured and then possessed (also without the permit) an improvised signal weapon in the form of a self-propelled gun replica. The second allegation is that he purchased, stored and used without the required license explosives intended for civil use and pyrotechnic articles.
He pleaded guilty to the charges, “expressed remorse” and voluntarily submitted to punishment
According to prosecutor Ciechanowski, the suspect Zbigniew M. admitted to committing the alleged acts and made explanations “which correspond with the evidence gathered in the case”. – In addition, he expressed remorse for the incident and the will to voluntarily submit to punishment – said the spokesman for the Rzeszów district prosecutor’s office.
On May 25, 2023, the investigation was completed by submitting an indictment to the District Court in Leżajsk. The man surrendered voluntarily. In total, the prosecutor requested the court to impose on Zbigniew M. a penalty of one year and two months in prison and to pay an interest to all the victims: for Seweryn H. in the amount of PLN 25,000, Łukasz G. in the amount of PLN 15,000. and Aleksandra M., Gabriela Z. and Paweł L. in the amount of PLN 5,000 each. zloty.
Zbigniew M. has not been punished so far.
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