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“Fire In The Hole!” refers to a series of drive-through prank videos wherein the driver approaches the service window, orders a soft drink and then yells “fire in the hole!” before tossing the drink back at the server and driving away. The documented videos are often found on video-sharing hubsites like YouTube and Break. See also: Cone-ing.
“Fire in the hole!” was first introduced as one of several drive-through pranks documented in the “Camp Kill Yourself Trilogy: Round 1” video, filmed in 1999 by Brandon DiCamillo.
In English-speaking countries, “fire in the hole” is a warning call used to indicate that an explosive detonation in a confined space is imminent. According to Wikipedia, the phrase originated with miners who needed to warn their fellows that a charge had been set.
The first Urban Dictionary definition of “Fire in the Hole” prank was submitted on November 10th, 2003:
The thing you say after receiving a drink from any fast food drive threw and throw it back through the window.
- In August 2007, the prank also gained media attention from the local news stations in North Huntingdon, Pennyslvania after a drive-thru server was bombarded with a drink mixed with hot sauce, causing eye injury to the employee. Following the police investigation, four 17-year-old boys were taken into custody on suspicion of carrying out the prank.
- In June 2008, two teenagers from Merrit Island, Florida were charged with two counts of battery and one count of criminal mischief after pulling the drive-thru prank on a Taco Bell employee. According to BoingBoing, the judge ordered the boys to serve 100 hours of community service, send letters of apology to the victims and post a public apology video via YouTube. The video has been since removed.
- In July 2010, a 21-year-old man from North Dakota was arrested after turning himself in to the Police and charged with Disorderly Conduct after throwing a two and a-half foot long live Rat Snake onto a Taco John’s server. He was later freed without bail on his promise to appear in court.
- In December 2010, a 17-year-old boy from Roseville, California was arrested after turning himself in to the Police for throwing a creamed spinach dish at a Boston Market server. As a result of the prank, the 21-year-old restaurant worker suffered second-degree burns.