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Boy Thrown Through Window By Exploding Toilet

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the mythbusters-did-it dept.

Idle 15

A 13-year-old boy was blown out of his toilet, and through a window by sparking a lighter just moments after spraying the room with air freshener. "I sprayed the toilet because it smelled. Then I began fiddling with a lighter my dad left in there and suddenly there was this big orange whoosh! of flame. I woke up outside with my clothes burned off me and smelling like a barbecue," said Dennis. Remind me to never have barbecue at this kid's house.

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Non 0 probabilities (1)

coolsnowmen (695297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25764839)

With 7 billion people in the world, I guess it was bound to happen eventually.

Like Lethal Weapon 2. (1)

Neanderthal Ninny (1153369) | more than 5 years ago | (#25766249)

In the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2, Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) finds his toilet booby trapped to explode as soon as he gets up.

Re:Like Lethal Weapon 2. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25783389)

B-Because you're bleck.

Of course I'm black. That's why I wanna go to South Africa. To join up with my oppressed brothers. To take up the struggle against the tyranny of the racist, fascist, white, minority regime!

Bah, that's nothing! (3, Funny)

Tatisimo (1061320) | more than 5 years ago | (#25766277)

In places where the old fashioned outhouses are used, there's always some idiot who decides to smoke while in there. Due to the gases that have built up in there, the tiniest spark will... Don't even wanna think about it! Let's just say that I always figured that the Goatse guy must have had some accident of that sort.

Re:Bah, that's nothing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25775695)

Let's just say that I always figured that the Goatse guy must have had some accident of that sort

I always thought he was part of a traveling circus as the donkey show guy.

Darwin Awad Candidate (1)

Dark$ide (732508) | more than 5 years ago | (#25773635)

At a rough guess, the gas used to push the aerosol from the can was probably butane

Butane + Oxygen + spark = kabooom.

If the kid dies, he'll get my vote for a Darwin Award.

Re:Darwin Awad Candidate (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25781357)

actually it usually uses compressed propane distillates

Re:Darwin Awad Candidate (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25820719)

You realize that butane is, right?

Re:Darwin Awad Candidate (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 5 years ago | (#25782579)

Wrong. In this case the kid wasn't stupid. How was he supposed to know that the propeller would explode? He was A KID. In any case, it's the parents and not the kid who should get a Darwin Award (he's their descendance after all) for not being careful as to warn him.

But I'm more inclined to think that there was a methane leak coming from the toilet... "I sprayed the toilet because it smelled". You don't get a huge explosion just because you sprayed some air freshener. There had to be a huge methane buildup in that toilet - which is confirmed by the picture showing the broken toilet. In other words, it was a plumbery issue.

Re:Darwin Awad Candidate (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25820727)

The picture isn't from the story. If you look, there are weeds growing around the toilet.

Hmmmm... (1)

sanso999 (997008) | more than 5 years ago | (#25781101)

Why do I feel like heading for

Re:Hmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25782543)

Because Mythbusters have already busted it?

Bueller! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25782903)

The missing paragraph:
"The toilet turned into an orange fireball when Dennis Bueller, 13, began playing with a lighter after he sprayed the downstairs WC in his home."

Wait a second!!1 (1)

mcfatboy93 (1363705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25793027)

hey wait before you start fussing about diving this kid an award didn't the mythbusters do 2 thing like this when they filled a toilet with all kinds of flamable crap and they got it to blow up after they had to light the match and drop it in the toilet. the second one was when they blew up a porta john by fillinf it with methane and it took them a while to get it to go boom. im just saying this doesn't sound right

Re:Wait a second!!1 (1)

TheGeniusIsOut (1282110) | more than 5 years ago | (#25807181)

Actually, the Mythbusters didn't get the toilet to explode until they used gunpowder.
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