Image for illustrative purposes only, via Laugh Out News.
On May 1 a woman in Zhejiang province got a very unwelcome Worker’s Day surprise when the toilet she was in exploded after sparks from shoddy electrical wiring ignited the methane gas stored in the septic tank.
Fortunately, due to the construction of the toilet, the woman was left unharmed, as Rocket News 24 explains:
Well, it seems that in major urban areas, China has been making an effort to go from simple hole-in-the-ground style toilets to stall-like toilets. In the interim, low walls, usually made of bricks and about the height of a person’s hips when standing, are being erected on either side of the holes. As the woman was squatting at the time of the explosion, the brick walls protected her and she escaped without injury. Bomb-proof toilets- you heard it here first.
Officials pointed out another bit of good fortune. As Mayday was a national holiday in the country, not many people were on the street, which is usually particularly busy at that time as workers rush to a nearby factory. Had it been a regular workday, the toilet would probably have been in much greater demand, which would have meant many more injuries.
Unharmed she might be, but one can’t imagine the woman in question will be keen to use public toilets in future. There’s nothing like narrowly surviving a methane gas explosion for giving someone constipation.