This time, and sadly not for the first time, it is China’s toilets which have been exploding, threatening users with an unpleasant variety of horrible injuries and an ungodly mess.
According to local media reports, a beauty parlour in China’s Shandong province was struck by a series of at least 3 explosions when a member of staff tossed an only partially extinguished cigarette into a toilet at the establishment.
The toilets, which like many in China were of a simple pit construction requiring regular pumping out, promptly exploded.
The explosion is thought to have been caused by gases which had accumulated in the toilet igniting, although a gas leak has also been blamed. Authorities have yet to release an official explanation.