Fire in the Hole!

Lyle

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Jun 11, 2003
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MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (AP) -- A man who says he was severely burned when a portable toilet exploded after he sat down and lit a cigarette is suing a general contractor and a coal company, accusing them of negligence.
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wdlove

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Oct 20, 2002
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Ouch :eek: It would seem that he will be successful with the lawsuit. The pipe leaking methane is what caused the explosion.
 

Mr. Anderson

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Nov 1, 2001
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The lawsuit claims Jenkins' face, neck, arms, torso and legs were severely burned last July after the cigarette ignited methane gas leaking from a pipe underneath the toilet unit.
He's lucky nothing else got burnt or blown off....

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CorvusCamenarum

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Dec 16, 2004
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Who remembers this from grade school?

We three kings, of Orient are
trying to smoke a giant cigar
it was loaded
it exploded
it blew us to kingdom come...
 

KingSleaze

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Feb 24, 2004
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I seem to recall the MythBusters having difficulty in making a port-a-potty do just this.

Unaromatized methane?

Would still need to be a pretty strong leak to be able to happen.
 

treysmay

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me too

KingSleaze said:
I seem to recall the MythBusters having difficulty in making a port-a-potty do just this.

Unaromatized methane?

Would still need to be a pretty strong leak to be able to happen.
I saw that on MythBusters too and it seems this story is untrue
 

mactastic

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Apr 24, 2003
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IIRC, natural gas is heavier than air which would allow it to collect in the pit of the toilet which could cause an explosion.