A total of 15 residents were injured and an entire building collapsed when a cesspool filled with excrement exploded in Zhangjiajie city of Hunan province on Saturday. No casualties have been reported in the incident, thankfully, but we imagine the foul aftermath of the scene has left nearby residents suffering.
Police investigating the case in the city’s Yongdang district believe that the blast was triggered when a man surnamed Ding was burning waste outside an abandoned house near the cesspool around 5:00 p.m., according to CRI. They say the fire ignited methane that was emanating from the pit.
One whole residential building collapsed due to the intensity of the blast, and four others were damaged. Residents wounded in the explosion are now being treated at a hospital.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Two dead after trying to retrieve cellphone in cesspit of ‘overpowering’ smells