Toilet explodes in Florida storm
It was a relaxing Sunday morning for Marylou Ward, her husband, and three dogs, listening to the rain and rumbles of thunder until she was blown out of bed.
Marylou Ward, "It was the loudest noise I've ever heard it just went boom."
The explosion even shook her neighbor's house,
Charles Allen, next-door neighbor, "The house shook so hard, that plates and pictures came flying off the walls."
Marylou Ward, homeowner, "We got out of bed and came over here and the toilet was laying on the floor."
Her porcelain toilet blown to pieces.
Why was the couple's toilet a ticking-time-bomb?
A representative of A-1 Affordable Plumbing, the company helping repair the Ward's pipes confirms lightning struck near the septic tank.
That combined with the methane gas from number 2, caused the bomb-like-effect.
Marylou Ward, "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 bathrooms in a thunderstorm."
Although it's rare and even more rare for homeowners on city water, the Ward's hope you'll think twice before sitting down to do your business.
Marylou Ward, "I'm not taking any showers and not going to the bathroom....forever. Not when it's thunder storming and down here, that's a lot."
The repairs will be covered by insurance.