Ex-NASA engineer creates glitter bomb to prank thieves

Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer, has created an explosive glitter bomb to ward off parcel thieves.

After having several of his previous deliveries stolen, Rober decided to harness his skills to create a prank targeted at neighborhood thieves. He spent a total of six months building a fake parcel that, once opened, releases glitter and a sinister fart-type-gas.

Rober intentionally made the bomb to look like a boxed-up Apple Homepod to tempt thieves into opening the box. He also managed to fit a camera, so that he could record the reactions of anyone attempting to steal one of his parcels.

‘Glitter bomb’ video went viral 

The engineer documented his creation in a YouTube video, which went viral on Tuesday. As of Thursday afternoon, Robers video has managed to get more than 35m views. 

In his video, he said: “If you’ve been in a situation like this, you just feel violated.

“And when I took this to police, even with the video footage, they said it’s just not worth their time to look into it, so you also feel powerless.”

Since the police didn’t investigate the matter further, Rober said that he felt that he needed to “take a stand against dishonest punks like this.”

“If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me,” Rober concluded.

He emphasised that the fake glitter bomb was not for sale, but was a project to get people “pumped about science, engineering, and education”.

Rober said that he has not had any of his packages stolen since using his new glitter bomb.

Package theft

Parcel theft has become a serious problem during the holidays. Earlier last week, Amazon teamed up with New Jersey Police to catch would-be parcel thieves.

Last year, Amazon released a service called Amazon Key in an effort to stop thieves from stealing parcels left outside homes. The key allows couriers to deliver parcels inside of recipients’ homes.

In February of this year, Amazon also agreed to buy video doorbell maker, Ring, for $1bn, acquiring new technology which could be used as part of their new key service.


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