The latest object to menace China with an unexpected propensity to explode is the humble automatic condom dispensary.
Chinese media reports that a Jiangsu province condom vending machine installed outside a public lavatory suddenly exploded violently, sending fragments of metal and condoms flying.
A car’s windscreen was smashed by the shrapnel, but fortunately nobody was injured. The vending machine was completely destroyed.
The machine was operated by the local government, and their technical specialists have reassuringly explained that “there is no way a vending machine can explode.”
They are reassuring the condom buying public that this is the first time one of their 60 machines has exploded.