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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Woman injured by exploding toilet

A woman in the General Services National Capital Regional Office Building in Washington, D. C., was sent to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries when the toilet she was using exploded. A mechanical failure that caused a major build-up of air pressure in the water system is being blamed.

The GSA circulated a memo throughout the building warning people not to flush toilets or use the faucets. While the restrooms are now back in service, the GSA isn't answering any specific questions about the incident.

This isn't the first time this has happened. A man was injured in another GSA building (the federal courthouse in Memphis, Tennessee) when the urinal he was using exploded upon flushing. The security guard who responded to the man's cries for help must not have understood what had happened because he proceeded to flush the urinal next to the demolished one and...BOOM! Two more urinals exploded in the bathroom that day. A problem with the water pressure was later determined to be the cause.

These and other toilet-related injuries are enough to make one consider installing an old fashioned outhouse.

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