This just in from Sunderland Today:
AN idiotic prank backfired when a man tried to launch a firework from his bottom in a movie-style stunt.
The dangerous stunt mimicked a shocking scene from the controversial film Jackass: The Movie.
The 22-year-old is understood to be recovering at Sunderland Royal Hospital after sustaining horrific internal injuries.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said: "We received a call at 9.38pm and a crew from our Pallion station was sent out.
"The report stated there was a male who had a firework in his bottom and it was bleeding. He was attended to and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital."
For more details (because inquiring minds need to know) we turn to The Times:
Witness Daniel Kassim, 16, said: "There were around 40 of us at a bonfire on Dundas Road.
"After the fire had finished we were hanging around setting off fireworks. The lad was saying, ‘This is boring, what can we do?’ He then decided to put a rocket up his backside and set it off.
"Everyone was just laughing and didn’t believe he would do it but he pulled his trousers down, placed the firework and someone lit it.
"It exploded within a few seconds and he fell to the ground. No one thought he was hurt, we all thought it was hilarious.
It's all fun and games until someone blows their ass off.
A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said the prank could have been fatal.
Douglas McDougal, from the NEAS, said: "We received a call stating there was a male who had a firework in his bottom and it was bleeding.
"He sustained fairly significant injuries in the fact that there's huge damage to that particular area."
Mr McDougal added: "Potentially it could have been a fatal incident.
"There's a lot of major blood vessels round that area, so infection would probably be a huge problem for him.
"And also the body naturally produces methane gas, so combine that with the firework and the exploding effect with methane's flammability - it certainly could have been a lot worse than it really was."
A spokesman for the Firework Association described the bizarre prank as "beyond belief".
Remember kids, Smokey's friends don't play with matches and there's a reason why they call that show Jackass.