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Umm hey everyone. I'm new to instructables, and I have a question Answered

Hey everyone. I would like to post an instructable about how to make a smoke bomb explode. The only thing that I am afraid of is if someone tries it and hurts/kills themselves by being stupid, can they sue me?

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

12 years ago

No you cannot be sued if you just type in something like= this is dangerous, do this at your own risk, keep in mind that I am not responsible for any injury's caused by the use of this product. Then they can't sue you because 'they've been warned

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PKM
PKM

Reply 12 years ago

It's true that the majority of potentially dangerous Instructables use a disclaimer like this, but remember it's not a watertight protection- as far as I know there are some responsibilities you cannot disclaim.

"Well I told them I was firing off a shotgun in the high street and if they got in the way it's their own fault"

If what you are proposing is so dangerous that even with a "this is dangerous" warning someone could potentially hold you liable... don't publish it.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 12 years ago

I also think that it depends what the instructables about, It's like they'll sue you if you tell them how to make a bomb but it's unstable and blows in their pockets. It's different if someone lights the fuse on a bomb that you told them how to build and someone runs into the yard and accidently,not knowing their freind has just lit the fuse of a bomb, gets blown up. Then it's there fault of the misuse of your product.

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Trivium1224
Trivium1224

13 years ago

Yes it is, but whenever I try to search it, or look under most recent, nothing comes up...>:/

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Trivium1224
Trivium1224

13 years ago

Umm...It's September 27th, 8:28PM now, and it's still not available...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. According to my acquaintances at Delta Press, you can be sued for just about anything, but it's very hard for the complainant to prevail over free speech. Usually a this-is-dangerous-be-careful disclaimer will keep the lawyers away.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. BTW, I'm not a lawyer and neither are the guys at Delta Press.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Yeah, did you read about the guy that slipped on an icy front door step "while breaking into the house" and actually sued the owners of the house? We live in a very mixed up world, that's for sure.

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FrenchCrawler
FrenchCrawler

Reply 13 years ago

Even better is the guy who fell through a skylight while trying to break into a house and fell onto some kitchen knives. He sued and, of course, won somehow. I guess crime does actually pay...

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Trivium1224
Trivium1224

13 years ago

And also, does it take a certain amount of time for the instructable to become available? Because I've searched it, and nothing comes up. I've also tried going to "Most Recent Offbeat" and it isn't there. It's no big deal, I just want to make sure I didn't do anything wrong.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Certain secret words or phrases trigger an automatic filter.

The Instructable then has to wait until a human being (or, failing that, an intern) has checked to make sure it's OK to go up.

If it takes more than a day or two, send a PM to The Management and ask them to look into it.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I think I saw it....

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 13 years ago

Sometimes it can take awhile for it to come up, esp. if it's something potentially dangerous. Certain keywords seem to trigger a vetting process.

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Trivium1224
Trivium1224

13 years ago

I added some new things to it and put it smackdab in the beginning of my instructable and smacked a big ***Disclaimer*** label on it, so I should be good.

PS: It still isn't available in Explore! >:[

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Trivium1224
Trivium1224

13 years ago

That's true, Aeshir. But do you think my statement of non-liability is good enough, or what do you suggest I add? So far, it says " 7. Overall, I am not liable for anything stupid you do with this information or for any harm this may cause. Don't try this unless you are smart enough to undertake this. Explosives are a serious thing, and shouldn't be taken lightly. For everyone else who doesn't feel comfortable with this, it's for educational purposes only. Be careful!"

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Aeshir
Aeshir

13 years ago

Who cares if they can sue you, you can get sued for anything these days. Just try to explain why and how dangerous the project is so they'll know what they're getting into. After all, it's their own choice whether or not to do the project.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

13 years ago

Exploding smoke bombs sound a lot less dangerous than a lot of the stuff on here.
*coughTetranitratecough*

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

Smooth, real smooth. Ha, but yeah, there is a bunch of dangerous stuff here.

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Trivium1224
Trivium1224

13 years ago

Thank you, and I initially put down safety tips, and at the end included somewhat of a disclaimer, and it all reads;

Before we start blowing &$#% up, we need to touch on some quick safety issues.

1. Potassium nitrate is a mild irritant. Don't let it touch your skin. Don't inhale it. Don't eat it. Don't get it in your eye. While it probably won't harm you much at all, it never hurts to be safe. Refer to this MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) if you have any more questions about possible hazards of potassium nitrate; Potassium nitrate MSDS

2. When making this stuff, avoid any kind of ignition sources. You don't want this stuff going off in your face and burning down your house!

3. This (obviously) makes some smoke before it explodes, so don't stand there like an idiot and breathe the smoke in for two (2) reasons;
a. The smoke is bad for you, as is any smoke
b. If you are standing close enough to breathe the smoke in, you are close enough to get hit by the explosion. This is a big no-no.

4. Don't do this in an enclosed area. Do this in a wide open field if at all possible. Always have some kind of place to run for cover.

5. After you light the fuse, run away, quickly. It only takes a few seconds...

6. Avoid the temptation to eat a ton of the sugary-goodness when you are spooning the sugar. I am not liable if you get fat from eating a ton of this sugar

7. Overall, I am not liable for anything stupid you do with this information or for any harm this may cause. Don't try this unless you are smart enough to undertake this. Explosives are a serious thing, and shouldn't be taken lightly. For everyone else who doesn't feel comfortable with this, it's for educational purposes only. Be careful!

How does that all sound?

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

Add a disclaimer. WELCOME TO THE SITE!!!!!!!!!!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

I would proceed with caution depending on the material(s) used (and how many times you post the danger). I would hope it would not be like a pipe bomb or anything?

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teaaddict314
teaaddict314

13 years ago

if you put a thing like "dont try this... its for eduactional purposes only" or w/e i dont think they can sue you.. just post it....stuff like that is posted all the time...and here at instructables we are fairly smart especially compared to sites like rotteneggs.....and if you make a mistake on it you will most likely be corrected (probably by lasvegas( he knows all))