Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Lightning struck a house and caused the toilet to explode

Lightning struck a house and caused the toilet to explode

A Florida woman's toilet exploded at a Port Charlotte home after her septic tank was struck by lightning over the weekend.

The company said lightning had struck close to the home's septic tank, which ignited a build-up of methane gas in the pipes - caused by decades of fecal matter passing through - and prompted the toilet to blow.

She said the strike ruined the home's indoor plumbing and destroyed the septic tank.

Ms Ward says she heard a "boom" that was "the loudest noise I ever heard".

"I'm just glad none of us were on the toilet", Ms Ward said.

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Some people stay out of the shower during a lightning storm; Marylou Ward may be staying off the toilet during one from here on in.

When she stepped into her washroom after that, she found that her toilet had been destroyed. That combined with the methane gas in human waste caused the bomb-like effect that traveled through the pipes, exploding the toilet in their master bathroom.

The blast also broke a window in the master bedroom and damaged yard decorations. "That's the main thing". "Here's the proof why you shouldn't go near the bathroom in a thunderstorm".

"I'm not taken any showers and not going to the bathroom", she said.

So far this year, there have been 10 lightning strike-related deaths this year, according to the National Weather Service.

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