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Creator of Whac-A-Mole suffers warehouse explosion

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Aaron Fechter. If you’ve ever been to a kid-oriented arcade, you know him as the man behind Whac-A-Mole. A large section of an Orlando, Florida warehouse reportedly used by Fechter to store experimental cooking fuel collapsed after an explosion.

No injuries were reported, according to the Orlando Sentinel; however, the explosion did cause Amtrak train delays and led to a large emergency crew-response.

Those who happened upon the explosion's aftermath were treated to a bizarre scene. No human injuries, but according to the Miami New Times, "robotic limbs smoldered among the wreckage."

That's because, in addition to his work on Whac-A-Mole and his dabbling in alternative fuels, Fechter continues to be a wizard in the field of animatronics. He helped create the robo-animal band "Rock-afire Explosion" made popular in ShowBiz Pizza joints in the '80s. The band was later featured in the MGMT music video "Electric Feel."

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, though no foul play is suspected, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Following the explosion, firefighters emptied the rest of the experimental cooking fuel, in an effort to minimize the risk of any other explosions, ClickOrlando reported.

In a 2012 interview with, Fechter explained that despite his success with animatronics and Whac-A-Mole, alternative fuels were his true passion.

Via PopRewind:

I have a completely different area of expertise that I’m working on. It has nothing to do with the Rock-afire, but it is about alternative energy. It’s a new fuel that we’re developing right now at Creative Engineering and we’re working on it really hard. It’s called Carbohydrillium. This is really what I’m devoting my dreams to. I’ve always been interested in alternative energy.

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