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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 …

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  1. ShaggyDoggy

    phlegmatically

    spat out of the window, then

  2. Dave Bareham

    Sounds a really nice place to live!

    Love the quote.

    And it would appear that the community of Pine Hills, where the bin blast incident took place, uses sturdy garbage trucks, well able to stand up to such everyday Florida hazards as explosions or gunfire.

    MMM....

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Orlando not Miami

      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.

      1. George of the Jungle

        Happiest place on Earth

        According to my relatives who live there, there are parts of Orlando you do not want to stray into at night. Not all of it is a happy place.

        http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime.asp?city=Orlando&state=FL

        1. Mike Richards Silver badge

          Slightly more accurately

          Just avoid Orlando entirely.

          The surroundings are about as attractive as the scum you find on ponds at the height of summer, and it has a climate and smell something like an armpit. Presumably Disneyworld is there so all known hells can co-locate.

        2. laird cummings
          Grenade

          Orange Blossom Trail...

          Used to be a bad, bad place to be. Not part of 'happy town.'

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I hear now that...

      the MOD has allegedly contacted the manufacturers of the garbage trucks with a view of using modified versions as patrol vehicles in Afganistan.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    Playmobil...

    ..please

    1. Adrian Challinor

      Agreed

      We need a reconstruction.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Grenade

        do it right

        we need a DEconstruction.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    this is Not a title

    When I binned a rather large CRT monitor, the implosion was awsome.

    1. Wize

      Dropping my old 31 inch TV into a skip was quite impressive.

      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.

  5. Lottie

    I suppose

    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.

  6. Wize
    Coat

    No 'Bin Laden with Explosives' type comments?

    I'll go get mine...

    1. Graham Dawson Silver badge
      Coat

      Nah.

      They're a load of garbage these days. I hear the moderators just toss them out and refuse to have anything to do with it.

  7. Arclight

    Carried on with his round?

    If that was in the UK they'd have recalled all the trucks, stopped rubbish collections all over the country, the binmen would be off for the rest of the year with post traumatic stress disorder, and there'd be line of ambulance chasers a mile long.

    1. Lee Dowling Silver badge

      And

      And then you'd have another fecking bin for "explosives" that would only get collected once per annum, and you'd be fined for putting a dead match in your normal refuse.

    2. Mister_C

      you forgot something...

      anyone owning a copy of any council published list of revised holiday collection dates would be done for possessing information likely to be of use to a terrorist

    3. CD001

      And...

      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?

    4. AlistairJ

      And ...

      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.

  8. Ginolard

    re: Carried on with his round

    Actually, the probably wouldn't have taken it at all because either

    a) It was in the wrong coloured bin

    b) It hadn't been cleaned before throwing it away (this still beggars belief!)

  9. Nigel 11
    Flame

    Propane, I should think

    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).

    1. Steve X
      Coat

      Mental image

      I've just had this mental image of a garbage truck with sides briefly bulging before vomiting its contents back out over the street.

      Where did I put that old propane tank...

  10. VinceH

    Letters, Digits.

    '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.

  11. Gareth Lowe
    Grenade

    Personal Injury Lawyers News

    Personal Injury Lawyers News reports that he suffered no more than "cuts and scrapes" worth $20,000.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      $20,000?

      you mean worth $20,000,000, but they might consider accepting an offer for $20,000?

  12. William Boyle

    New meaning

    This gives new meaning to that ageless term "sh!t happens"!

  13. Tim #3

    Oh dear

    There's an organisation/bureau called "personal injury lawyers news"? Don't people have any shame nowadays?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Heart

      Shame?

      no, or we wouldn't be here on a daily basis...

  14. Daemon ZOGG
    Black Helicopters

    "Rubbish truck 'goes kaboom' in bin blast incident"

    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.

  15. Ascylto
    Big Brother

    Binnies!

    Oh no!

    Why did you have to let the British Binnie know?

    They'll now insist that WE empty our own bins! In Rochdale the Binnies have the "two fingers" test in which a bin than cannot easily be moved using two fingers is just left.

    Remember when they used to collect your bin?

  16. Zippy the Pinhead
    Flame

    Garbage Truck accidents

    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.

  17. Aussie Brusader
    Heart

    kaboom?

    I haven't heard that since watching cartoons. Every Aussie knows the correct way is 'chk chk boom'

  18. tony trolle
    Grenade

    BANG !

    In fact it was an empty carbon dioxide canister which when compacted, the bottom of it blew out

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Down

    This is news is it?

    A garbage truck was not blown up and a binman suffered merely the kind of injuries that many small children face in playgrounds across the nation every day

  20. Steve 6
    Flame

    "... explosions or gunfire"

    "... uses sturdy garbage trucks, well able to stand up to [...] hazards as explosions or gunfire."

    Perhaps they should be used in countries like the Afgan of Stan as cheap RVs

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