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Toilet explosions injure four in New York City

14 October 2013

According to the New York Daily News, a Brooklyn resident flushed a toilet in his apartment only to have the toilet blow up in his face, knocking him unconscious. Lacerated by pieces of ceramic shrapnel, his wounds required a total of 30 stitches. Three other members of the Caton Tower development were also hurt by other toilet explosions.

The resident is apparently now afraid to flush the toilet from inside the bathroom, and uses a piece of string to turn the handle from a safe distance. He has filed a suit for compensation against the development’s owner.

Plumbing maintenance had just been carried out in his development to install a backflow prevention valve. Experts told the paper that a buildup of air pressure in the pipes during plumbing work is the most likely reason for the blasts.

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