An engineer from Santa Clarita invents a viral "glitter bomb" to fight porch pirates


Mark Rober, the inventor of the viral "scintillating bomb," decided that it was enough for one robber to steal a parcel from the porch of his Santa Clarita home seven months ago.

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A former NASA engineer, Rober had no idea that his "oversized monstrosity" consisting of a scintillating trap bomb would produce a viral video seen and shared by millions of people.

Friday, the video was watched by more than 43 million people on YouTube.

"I thought something had to be done to fight dishonest punks like this," Rober said in the video. "And then, it's like I'm doing it, I built a dartboard that moves to get a bull's eye every time. I spent nine years designing equipment that is currently circulating on another planet. "

With the help of a friend and friend of YouTuber, Rober spent six months designing and creating a device that, when the box is open, pulls fine glitter everywhere and releases an animal spray.

"If someone wanted to make a bunch of revenge baits and over-engineered shit, that would be me," he said.

Disguised as a simple package, the device also contains four phones to record videos and track them via their GPS, which allows Rober to retrieve the package when the thieves throw it out of their car, which makes it easier for them. is produced several times throughout the video.

Rober had previously hosted a series for Science Channel, and his YouTube channel had 5.2 million subscribers on Thursday.

He also appeared as a guest in the late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

"So the moral of the story is simply not to take the affairs of others," Rober said. "Not only is it not cool, but on the benefits side, you will never end up in this situation."

Rober blurs the faces of thieves in the 10-minute video, but their surprise reactions speak for themselves. The video received over a million likes on YouTube and thousands of viewers left comments asking Rober to market the device in order to buy theirs.

Santa Clarita officials encourage residents to take preventative measures during scheduled parcel delivery.

"Sign up to receive UPS or USPS alerts so you can receive email or text notifications when your package arrives," said Sgt. Dan Dantice. "Make arrangements to be at home or have a neighbor take it for you. Do not let that sit.

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