Box Of Chocolates Explodes In Face Of Oil Exec’s Wife

We all watched the movie, Forrest Gump, and we will never forget him saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”.

Sadly and tragically, for a Houston resident, that is exactly what happened.  This is not Forrest Gump funny or funny at all.  It’s downright scary.

This from :

Oil Exec’s Wife Hospitalized After ‘Box of Chocolates’ Explodes

Updated: Monday, 12 Jul 2010, 3:53 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 12 Jul 2010, 3:53 PM CDT

(NewsCore) – A Houston woman believed to be the wife of an oil executive was hospitalized after a package she received that looked like a box of chocolates exploded when she opened it, reported Monday.

Investigators said the box arrived at the victim’s house several weeks ago, but did not explode until she opened it Friday night, KTRK-TV reported.

Friends of the women said her face was instantly pelted with nails and tacks, and shrapnel blew so high it landed on the roof of her home, the station reported.

Family members told KTRK that the woman, who is in her 60s, had surgery Saturday and is in stable condition.

The house is owned by an oil company executive, the station reported.

The box was sent to her home deliberately because it had her name on it with a note that simply said, “Thank you”.

ABC Local reported:

The woman was opening a package left at her doorstep in the 2100 block of Seamist Court Friday evening. She had found the shoe-sized box in front of her home about a day ago but didn’t decide to open it until around 6:30pm Friday.

The woman, who officials said is in her 60s, took the box to the backyard and opened it on the patio. That’s when it exploded.

“Don’t know where it came from — postal service or whether it was dropped off. I don’t have that information yet,” said HPD Lt. Colin Weatherly.”The person went outside, basically opened the packaged; it detonated.”

Residents told Eyewitness News that when the bomb went off, it sounded like a transformer blew.

The woman was transported to Northwest Memorial Hospital with facial injuries that are not life-threatening.

Officials with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as the Houston Police Department’s homicide and bomb squad were at the scene investigating.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the house was targeted, however, Eyewitness News found out the home is owned by an oil company executive.


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