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The criminal whose pants exploded
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You've heard of “pants on the ground.” Daniel Doyle probably wished his pants were on the ground when his pants exploded.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 30, 2004, it happened in Walker County, just south of Chattanooga. Three social workers caught Doyle at a bad time when they stopped by his home and asked him to fill out some forms. It seems that Doyle, 39, was in the midst of manufacturing a batch of methamphetamine. He met the social workers at his door, and walked out to their car to talk to them. The social workers noticed that he kept patting his right front pants pocket. Finally, while sitting in the back seat of the car, the front of his pants exploded.

Doyle apparently had combined red phosphorus and iodine, components used in manufacturing the drug, in a film canister and stuck it in his pocket, authorities said. The chemicals reacted and exploded, causing second- and third-degree burns to Doyle’s private parts and leg.

After being treated at a hospital, Doyle went straight to the Walker County Jail, charged with manufacturing illegal drugs.

Wow! Talk about a crime backfiring.

We are only fooling ourselves if we think we can hide our sins from God. The Bible warns, “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7, HCSB). I guess you could add to the verse that whatever you hide may blow up on you, too. That’s why the Bible urges us to confess our sins and find healing in the forgiveness of Christ (1 John 1:9). Those who refuse will get burned.

(Copyright 2013 by Bob Rogers. Email: Read this column each Friday in the Herald. Visit my blog at