Toilet Explodes After Lightning Strikes Septic Tank
Lightning stroke a septic tank and ignited the methane gas, causing the toilet to explode.
A storm made a couple's toilet blow up like a missile, last weekend in Florida. Luckily, the owners were in bed, and no one was harmed. A lightning stroke the septic tank, igniting the methane gas in the plumbing system, all the way to the bathroom, where the toilet blew up into pieces.
The plumbing system was entirely destroyed, so the couple turned to A-1 Affordable Plumbing Inc. to fix their bathroom. The business posted pictures on social media, writing 'no more pooping while it's storming outside.'
Jordan Hagadorn, owner of A-1 Affordable Plumbing Inc. told USA Today that 'Methane gas is gas caused by the number two. The natural gas is from crap, literally.' But how was this possible?
The lid of the septic tank was just one inch underground, which may have contributed to the explosion. When lightning struck the tank, it acted as a catalyst to ignite the methane gas, going up the pipes, straight to the bathroom, where it blew up.
The owner, MaryLou Ward, who was in bed at the time of the explosion, says it was the loudest noise she'd ever heard.
'We got out of bed and came over here, and the toilet was laying on the floor.'
Hagardon needed three hours just to assess the damage and expects the repair to be a big job. He says neither him or his father who worked as a plumber for 40 years, have never seen or heard of anything like this before.
He recommends not using the toilet during thunderstorms and we couldn't agree more. It could kill you!
Source: A-1 Affordable Plumbing inc.