Taking selfies can be dangerous, and grenades can kill. A Russian man made the mistake of posing for a picture with a hand grenade after taking the pin out and died in the subsequent blast.
Alexander ‘Sasha’ Chechik had sent a photo of himself holding one grenade to his friend just mere moments before it detonated, killing him in an instant.
The 26-year-old Russian is from the Krasnodar region.
Police said they believe he did not intentionally want to kill himself as he had sent several images to his friends posing with the hand grenade before the accidental explosion.
A friend earlier sent him a message moments after asking him, ‘Where are you? Are you ok?’ He replied: ‘Depends on what OK is in your understanding?’ Checkik then sent a picture of the grenade in his hand- with the pin removed. One photo shows him holding the grenade with the pin on his lap.
The victim’s friend had a sound piece of advice, or otherwise, a premonition when he cautioned Chechik with the message: ‘Listen, don’t do stupid things. Where are you?’
The authorities said they believe that Chechik may not have expected the grenade would explode as long as he didn’t throw it. That is why the police officers are convinced it was an accident and not a case of suicide.
The authorities have a graphic picture showing the horrible carnage. Even though the officers are ruling out suicide at this point, officer Natalia Smyatskaya said the Russian Investigative Committee is investigating the unfortunate case.
There have been several selfie-related deaths all over the world when victims go to dangerous lengths to capture a captivating photo only to fatally end up in accidents.