Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Exploding toilet in fed building sends employee to hospital

File this story under Unlikely Ways to Get Hurt while Going Potty: I can’t even imagine what it would be like sitting there and suddenly going airborne! Who could? Life is full of unexpected surprises.

“Restrooms are back in service at a General Services Administration building, where a toilet exploded and injured two federal workers.The bathrooms at the GSA Regional building were declared off-limits after two Department of Homeland Security employees were injured Monday by the toilet blast, GSA spokesman William Marshall said.

At least one of the employees was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.”

Authorities said the explosion was due to a control system malfunction that caused a rise in pressure in the water storage tank. That in turn caused the plumbing system to over pressurize and the toilets to "malfunction" when flushed. Or in laymen’s terms, the pots blew up!

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