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(Chicago Sun-Times)   House blows up, man flies into neighbor's yard and lives   ( divider line
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4382 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Jan 2002 at 8:38 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-29 08:42:13 AM  
He grabbed his wife, who was inside the house, and they rushed across the street to a gas station.
So it's a good idea to run towards a gas station to get away from a fire? I've been doing it all wrong...

2002-01-29 08:49:17 AM  
w00t! That's great.
2002-01-29 09:36:35 AM  
always check for a bomb under your toilet!!
2002-01-29 09:45:55 AM  
Don't you just had it when neighbors just drop in?
2002-01-29 09:52:33 AM  
John1701q: LOL - You got me thinking...

"I'm sorry Sean, but we don't allow smoking in the house."
2002-01-29 09:56:44 AM  
"It's scariest thing I've ever seen with my own two eyes"

Yep, that is a pretty good description of sight.
2002-01-29 10:30:43 AM  
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2002-01-29 10:50:06 AM  
2002-01-29 10:56:51 AM  
"Gas has the pungent odor it has so if there's a leak, it can be recognized and people can act on it."

He's enacting the "whoever smelt it dealt it" law that's been around since time began.
2002-01-29 11:22:53 AM  
They make it sound like it's the guys own fault for the explosion for not knowing about the gas leak.Sure gas has an odor but...what if your nose is stuffed up and you can't smell anything?
2002-01-29 11:41:13 AM  
We had a house fill up with gas like this once... it blew and knocked the entire house off the foundation.

The oddest thing about it though, the explosion consumed all of the combustible air at the time and basically put itself out.

I just hope the guy fares well with his injuries.
2002-01-29 11:51:19 AM  
I work for a utility company that was effected by this! In fact I got the call on this from the Illinois utility commission shortly after this happened and when I asked where exactly this was, the dispatcher said "just look for the firetrucks and smoke, you'll see it!"
2002-01-29 12:18:16 PM  
does anyone know if this man 1. had a beer can fused to his hand. or 2. was able to stuff tap shoes in his underpants on his way out the window. just wondering
2002-01-29 01:13:52 PM  
Richard Pryor would probably shudder the read this.
2002-01-29 01:41:04 PM  
Hey, mods...not that it really matters, but to be accurate, the link on the main page says this was from the Chicago Sun-Times, when in fact it was from the Chicago Tribune.

Please note that I'm only mentioning this because Oldmildog already made my other point.
2002-01-29 02:42:38 PM  
"Gas has the pungent odor it has so if there's a leak, it can be recognized and people can act on it."

I believe that natural gas is actualy odorless, they put another chemical in it just so that we can smell it. Not like that matters or anything.
2002-01-29 02:48:04 PM  
2002-01-29 02:52:04 PM  
Sorry, fugged link.
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2002-01-29 03:45:02 PM  
Gas has the pungent odor it has so if there's a leak, it can be recognized and people can act on it.

Like Baxter said, natural gas is colourless and odorless. It's only an additive that it put in that lets us smell it. It's for our own safety, though.

Remember how Sideshow Bob tries to kill Selma? If they hadn't put anything in, she wouldn't have had to have to sense of smell/taste.
2002-01-29 05:32:26 PM  
Maybe I'm the only one who noticed this and found it, um, strange:

"It's scariest thing I've ever seen with my own two eyes," said Roseland.

Is she to say that she has a collection of human eye balls? Hmmmm, maybe that sheds some light on the unsolved mystery about all the eyeballs being stolen from mortuarys?
2002-01-29 07:06:29 PM  
I have to take issue with the tag line for this story: getting third degree burns over 40% of your body isn't LIVING. That's HELL.
2002-01-29 10:05:21 PM  
And a new extreme sport has just been invented...
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