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How to Make a Toilet Explode

By March 7, 2006

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Today's true-life plumbing catastrophe comes to us by way of Charlotte, North Carolina, where, I kid you not, the Colon family reported last month that their toilet was blown clean off its gasket by a mighty backflush that apparently resulted from neighbors pouring grease down the drain and blocking sewer pipes. "We heard a thump," homeowner Marilyn Colon told WCNC-TV News; a thump followed soon thereafter by the stench of raw sewage. "Feces, urine, oil ... it went all through the house," she said. The contamination was so severe that the Colons had to move out until cleanup and repairs could be completed.  Full story...

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