A U.S. college student is suing his fraternity after a fellow frat boy allegedly got drunk and shot bottle rockets out of his anus, causing the startled plaintiff to fall off a balcony.
Louis Helmburg III is suing the the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, as well as member Travis Hughes, over drunken misadventures that allegedly occurred at a frat party on May 1, 2011.
“Defendant Hughes was highly intoxicated on this date and time, and decided in a drunken stupor that it would be a good idea to shoot bottle rockets out of his anus on the ATO deck,” reads the lawsuit.
“Defendant Hughes placed a bottle rocket in his anus, ignited the fuse, but instead of launching, the bottle rocket blew up in the defendant’s rectum, and startled this plaintiff and caused him to jump back, at which time he fell off the ATO deck, and he became lodged between the deck and an air conditioner unit.”
Hughes was underage at the time, and the statement argues “the activity of drinking underage and firing bottle rockets out of one’s own anus constitutes an ‘ultra hazardous’ activity.”
The lawsuit also notes the deck, which is “under the exclusive custody, maintenance and control of the ATO” had no railing.
Helmburg is suing for loss of time on the college baseball team, medical bills, loss of earning capacity and other damages.
Statements of claim contain unproven allegations.