Note: The Ads that appear
on this page are under the
control of Google Ads,
which is a non-partisan site.
Your Car Windows Rolled Up Because Teens Playing "Spunkball" or "Sparkball"
You on Fire-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor: Teenagers
drive up to a car and throw what they call a "Spunkball" into the open
window of another car next to them. The SPUNKBALL is a gasoline soaked rag
wrapped in aluminum foil with a firecracker attacked to the outside. The
firecracker is lit, the SPUNKBALL is thrown through the widow, the firecracker
explodes, tearing through the think foil, and igniting the rag. The email
claims people have been killed. Some versions refer to it as "Sparkball."
The Truth: This
eRumor is being circulated without any information that would validate it and
TruthOrFiction.com is unaware of any reports of the game being played at all,
much more anyone being killed or injured from it. Also, some versions have
the name and position of an insurance employee at the bottom and
many have thought that meant the eRumor alert originated with the
insurance company. That is merely a person who got the
email from someone else and decided to pass it along, but has no
personal knowledge of the origins of the story.
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:
Please Keep all windows rolled up when stopped at traffic lights, as only cars
with windows down are being targeted.
Groups of teenagers have been caught, in alarming numbers, playing a new and
dangerous game called Spunkball.
Spunkball consists of a group of Teens in a car pulling up to a stop light, and
looking around for a car stopped near by with an open window. When one is
spotted, the teens shout, "Spunkball", and throw a gasoline soaked rag
that has been wrapped in aluminum foil threw the open window.
On the outside of the foil is
attached a small fire cracker, with the fuse lit. When the fire cracker
explodes, it shreds the foil, and the rag is ignited, causing a large flame that
may catch the interior of the car on fire.
Spunkball playing has already claimed two lives, caused uncountable injuries due
to burns, and caused thousands of dollars in damage to automobiles. The best
defense, say authorities, is to keep all windows rolled up when stopped at
traffic lights, as only cars with windows down are being targeted. If you are at
a redlight and hear a shout of "Spunkball", and notice something come
flying in your window, the best thing to do is to have all
passengers immediately exit the vehicle.
DO NOT try to retrieve the object, as it will ignite once the fire cracker
explodes. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT.
2 For 1
Special! SUBSCRIBE to
Our Email Alerts, Advisories, and Virus Warnings!CLICK HERE