(29 April 2004,
Brushy Fork, West Virginia) Alfred, 63, had trouble with termites at home.
He had heard that natural gas was dangerous, and figured it would be a
good, low-cost way to fumigate his house. So he shut the doors and
windows, turned on the gas, and spent the night in a nearby camper trailer
with his wife. The next morning he stepped out of the trailer, took a
breath of the crisp, cool air, and strode over to his house.
When he opened the door, the slight spark from the latch ignited the cloud
of natural gas that had accumulated in his home. The force of the explosion
blew him off the porch and into a nearby creek, knocked out the town's
telephones and electricity, and blew the doors off a church. It rattled
windows and nerves six miles away.
Alfred was evacuated by helicopter with severe burns to the burn unit at
the Cabell-Huntington Hospital. His house was uninsured. It is presumed
that the fumigation was effective.
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