Toilet explodes after lightning hits Florida home

August 06, 2019 06:13 AM

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (NBC News) — It's just about as common as getting struck by lightning yourself, but what happened in a Florida family's home might make you think twice about using the bathroom in a thunderstorm. 

It was a relaxing Sunday morning for MaryLou Ward, her husband, and three dogs, listening to the rain and rumbles of thunder until she heard an explosion.


"It was the loudest noise I've ever heard," Ward said. "It just went boom. We got out of bed and came over here and the toilet was laying on the floor."

Why was the couple's porcelain toilet a ticking-time-bomb? 

A-1 Affordable Plumbing, the company helping repair Ward's pipes, confirms lightning struck near the septic tank. 

That, combined with the methane gas in our number two, caused the bomb-like-effect. 

"I already sent a picture out to my kids and said don't do it! Here's the proof of why you shouldn't go near the bathroom in a thunderstorm," Ward said.

Although it's rare, and even more rare for homeowners on city water, the Wards hope you'll think twice before sitting down to do your business.

"I'm not taking any showers and not going to the bathroom...forever," Ward said. "Not when it's thunder storming, and down here, that's a lot."

Luckily, the mess will be covered by insurance. The repairs on the septic system began Monday.


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