He lit a propane torch, planning to solder the hole in the tank. Unfortunately, gasoline that had spilled on his hand caught fire. Frantically trying to extinguish the flames by plunging his hand into the toilet, he ignited the gasoline fumes coming from the pail. The toilet was engulfed in a ball of fire, and the explosion "shook the block." Smoke poured out of the bathroom window.
That was just the beginning. Some of the burning gasoline spilled down a floor drain and into the sewer system, where it mingled with sewer gas and set off a massive underground explosion. Startled residents watched in amazement as one manhole cover was "blown to pieces," and two others popped open. People fled their homes, fearing disaster.
The man survived all of this chaos with minor burns on his left hand, for which he refused treatment.
"When a idea goes from bad to worse..."
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