|Boom, seconds before his death|
He had told city officials he had devised the perfect weapon, a weapon that when fired at someone, would make them laugh instead of killing them. It turned out differently however at a demonstration in front of the Sleepy Eye Bar, downtown Bridgeport. It was there that a small crowd of gawkers assembled to watch Boom shoot himself in the head with his "Fun Gun".
"It was awful!" One woman said. "I don't think one person watching laughed. I kept waiting for the guy to get up, but he never did."
He had told those close to him that he hoped to change their world with the Fun Gun. As it turned out, it only changed his world in a very subtle way. Boom had been working on getting people to stop harming each other and said that if we could get people to laugh during a confrontation, it would defuse the rage. He had hoped to market the new weapon by the holidays, but told OFF THE WALL news, if his experiment failed, he would have the last laugh.
Boom will be buried Friday next to his older brother Bob, who was killed last year by another of Boom's inventions, the Happy Arrow. Officials destroyed Boom's Fun Gun so no one else would try it.