FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Army Sgt. Pennyworth Montgomery's notably complex steampunk top hat sprung a class III leak in the middle of morning formation, sources confirmed today.
"I noticed it immediately," said Spc. Christie Jones. "One moment the steam whistle puffed away gentle bursts of vapor to release pressure. In the next, there was clear drop formation — each of which fell from their own weight."
Having escaped Montgomery's notice, the leak worsened due to the internal pressure generated by the boiler apparatus held within the hat's large stovepipe structure. This caused a torrent of scalding water to spray over the faces of two privates standing adjacent to Montgomery.
"Arrghhh!!!" screamed Spc. Michael Johnson as doctors treated him at the local burn unit. "Who even lets him wear that stupid thing?!"
The military police sergeant said an internal problem caused the top hat to send boiling water shooting on the privates who he expected to hold the position of attention.
"Well, I think the problem arose when the 25 tooth brass gear misaligned with those around it. This caused the hat's internal dampening system to overfill with steam pressure," Montgomery said while wearing a purple tented set of welding goggles.
"This sent a gust of steam through the incorrect piping and into a glass reservoir directly underneath the series of Edison bulbs I have attached around the top to indicate ambient air temperature and atmospheric pressure," he continued after adjusting a few external lenses over his left eye and checking an ornate brass pocket watch.
Montgomery then opened an umbrella with a loud, "Cheerio!" and floated into the sky towards the dirigible he had moored to a light pole at the barracks parking lot.