A German man thought he was being handy when repairing his air mattress, but ended up causing an explosion instead.
According to German news, The Local, a 41-year-old man had only recently moved to the town of Diepholz in Lower Saxony.
Because of his recent move, he had no furniture to furnish his new residence, so he went the simple route and purchased an inflatable air mattress so he at least had a place to rest his head at night.
Like many who know the troubles of owning an air mattress, the man found that the air mattress had sprung a leak, and instead of trying to get it professionally repaired, he was going to do it himself.
The man reportedly decided to use an industrial strength puncture repair spray to try and fix the leak.
It didn’t seem like a totally terrible plan at the time… turns out, the spray had a bad reaction to air mattresses the built-in electric pump because it caused a violent explosion.
According to The Local, the explosion sent the man flying across the room, ripped doors off their hinges and smashed windows.
According to United Press International, the explosion caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damage to the building.
The report continued on to say that the industrial strength puncture repair spray was reported to be a tire sealant.
Experts believe that the heat from the electric motor had ignited the gas in the tire sealant, which then caused the explosion.
The man was hospitalized where he was treated for minor cuts and an injured wrist.
The Local reported that prosecutors are now deciding whether to take action against the man for causing the explosion in the first place.
As far as damages to the building go, the report stated the following:
“Surveyors were expected to visit the house on Thursday to see if it was still habitable, but on Wednesday there were only shards of glass left in the window frame while curtains were ripped and roof tiles were lying on the ground.”
Guess it goes to show those little labels on spray cans that say “don’t use/leave near extreme heat” are true. After all, we don’t want to see air mattresses causing more explosions.
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