spat out of the window, then
Terror struck the Floridian city of Orlando this week as a garbage lorry exploded in a blast heard across the neighbourhood after a refuse operative tossed unidentified rubbish into its compactor. Local cops, firemen and bomb-disposal experts rushed to the scene and surrounding homes were evacuated, with other residents warned …
Orlando is the home of Disney World and a bunch of other family-oriented theme park destinations and as such, relatively quiet.
If this would have been Miami instead of Orlando this would have been more towards the funny-because-it's-true side of the spectrum. Having happened in the home of the "happiest place on Earth" (or whatever Disney's tag line is) the joke is a little more ridiculous, but worthy of a good laugh nonetheless.
Was at the local dump dropping into an 8 - 10 foot skip (set of steps at the public's side)
Was going to watch it land when I lowered it over the side and let go, but thought better of it. Lucky I did as bits of glass flew up higher than the sides of the skip, then the cloud of metallic dust came out. Legged it to the van and did up the windows.
Shame, that TV lasted me 8 years before it started going wonky.
it COULD have been an oxygen container. Lots of folk go to Florida to retire. Many elderly folk have oxygen prescribed...Maybe someone just bought the house and was throwing out all the shite the previous occupant had left?
Either way, more stories about florida. Makes me forget about the snow.
And the government would blow £millions on a Public Health and Safety Campaign about the dangers of pressurised gas cannisters eventually making it illegal to dispose of empty deodorant cans in with the rest of the household rubbish... we'd have to take them to specialised disposal facilities (built by contractors who're chummy with certain MPs for hugely inflated sums of money) where they could be disposed of safely by men in armoured HazMat suits.
There would doubtless be quangos, websites and entire IT projects dedicated to the campaign - all of which the government would pay well over the odds for and none of which would actually work.
... depressing, isn't it?
The local police would have staged a press conference asking for someone to come forward with information about the perpetrators of the pressurized-canister dumping incident, then arrested the nearest-dwelling social misfit, concocted the necessary evidence and locked him up for the best part of a decade.
A can of propane makes quite a decent kaboom, if it leaks out in a fairly confined space and mixes with air in the right explosive ratio. I remember reading somewhere that dustcarts are actually designed with this mishap in mind, so that the top of the cart gives way rather than its sides, channelling the blast and the garbage-shrapnel upwards (hopefully harmlessly, unless the cart is under a bridge at the time).
'Personal Injury Lawyers News reports that he suffered no more than "cuts and scrapes"
...and went on to add that this meant any compensation claims would be relatively small, so it's not worth the effort of any of their readership persuading the operative to sue the householder.
My first thought was "Oh great.. now we're going to have the TSA scanning are garbage before it goes into the truck". Then, logical-thought kicked in (something the TSA isn't capable of).
After a major holiday weekend, with barbecue grills and turkey friers' abound, it was most likely a used propane canister. Most refuse/garbage trucks in the US can handle this kind of torture.
I watched one catch its load of garbage on fire once. I guess someone threw something away that didn't mix well with another item and the result was a slow smoldering fire. So the operator of the vehicle dumped his load right in the middle of the street and the fire department had to pick through it and hose it down. The entire neighborhood watched amused until the truck drove away leaving the pile behind.
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