'Kaboom' walking stick left in Akron City Hall unintentional
AKRON, Ohio — Guys with the name Kaboom probably shouldn't leave their aluminum walking sticks in government buildings. Especially with that name written all over it.
It can lead some to panic, as it did on Wednesday morning at Akron City Hall.
Akron resident Natural Hunka Kaboom, 65, a regular at Akron City Council meetings, attended Monday's session and left his metal walking stick outside the council chambers when he left.
The discovery of the rod on the building's third floor prompted an evacuation of City Hall for a short time.
The false alarm has made Kaboom a popular figure, as local media seized on his name and the uproar it caused temporarily.
“I never thought I'd make the news that way,” Kaboom said Wednesday afternoon outside his Uhler Avenue home in Akron's North Hill neighborhood. “I never meant for this to happen.”
Kaboom said he had no idea of the evacuation until reporters contacted him. He said he talked to several officers Wednesday morning as he was walking to a bus stop to go shopping. They never mentioned the stick nor the evacuation.
“They were very nice, but they didn't say a thing,” he said.
The “pipe” is actually an extendable shower rod used as a walking stick and owned by Kaboom, which is his real name. Court records show Kaboom legally changed his name in 2009 from James Louis Krosner.
Kaboom said he made the name change official three years ago, but he's been using the moniker for years. It started as a way to promote his former pest control business, he said.
His homemade rod is about 4 feet long with duct tape on each end. His full name, “Natural Hunka Kaboom,” and other words were scrawled on the pipe, authorities said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Coal’s worst fears affirmed in analysis of Obama climate plan
- Senate still works on NSA proposal as deadline nears
- 28 evacuated as fire hits oil platform off Louisiana coast
- Police officials rethink approach to training
- Cuban talks to continue
- Suspect in killings of wealthy D.C. family arrested
- Obama reaches out to Jewish community
- Giant hole forms near golf course
- Couple pleads not guilty in Kentucky bourbon thefts
- Senate OKs fast-track trade bill sought by Obama
- As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks