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Exploding toilet leaves woman badly burnt

Alex Dunham · 14 Feb 2014, 12:00

Published: 14 Feb 2014 12:00 GMT+01:00

If you’ve always been a bit squeamish about using public toilets, here’s another good reason to avoid loos that look particularly grubby.

A woman in a bar in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter suffered second and third degree burns to her legs when the toilet she was sitting on exploded from underneath her.

According to the official police report, the blast was caused by the unhygienic conditions of the septic tank and the lack of ventilation in the lavatory.

When the woman switched on the light, a spark acted as a trigger for the methane gas which filled the toilet.

As the victim was sitting down, the gas was compressed therefore causing a strong blast.

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According to Catalunya Radio, the woman has since sued the owners of the bar for the serious injuries she sustained.

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Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

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