Here’s the latest wacky (and scary) export from China, just what you don’t want your neighborhood kids to have: gasoline-powered inline roller skates.
Dubbed Gasoline Skating Shoes by the Chinese manufacturer, they speed to 20 miles per hour in a few seconds.
The skates have a 25cc engine and a small fuel tank behind the right heel, and are controlled by a handheld throttle. But there is no brake! The only way of stopping is a waist-level shut-off button that kills the motor. Skaters likely then go sprawling.
Imagine what happens in a crash: The plastic fuel tank catches fire and the skater quickly gets crispy.
Earlier this month, alarmed British authorities seized 50 pairs, declaring them illegal. The Brits were even frightened to put the shoes to the test.
One British website called them Foot Trolleys of Death and Fireball Suicide Shoes. They’d probably make Richard Reid salivate. He’s the British jihadist who was caught on a trans-Atlantic jetliner setting matches to the fuses poking from his explosives-laden shoes in late 2001.
Check out the rolling subtitles in the video. One says in fractured English: “Oldster, child, forbid to use.” Maybe it should say simply “forbid to use.”