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December 30 2012

via China Menaced by Yet More Exploding Toilets | Sankaku Complex

This time, and sadly not for the first time, it is China’s toilets which have been exploding, threatening users with an unpleasant variety of horrible injuries and an ungodly mess.

According to local media reports, a beauty parlour in China’s Shandong province was struck by a series of at least 3 explosions when a member of staff tossed an only partially extinguished cigarette into a toilet at the establishment.

The toilets, which like many in China were of a simple pit construction requiring regular pumping out, promptly exploded.

The explosion is thought to have been caused by gases which had accumulated in the toilet igniting, although a gas leak has also been blamed. Authorities have yet to release an official explanation.

October 16 2012


July 28 2012

via China Menaced by Exploding Soy Sauce | Sankaku Complex

Even China’s best known traditional sauce is exhibiting explosive properties, with diners throughout China now in danger of being unexpectedly seasoned.

A 1.9 litre bottle of soy sauce was found to have exploded in a village dining facility, generously spraying the room with its contents.

The bottle was supposedly only 5 months old and had a shelf life of 18 months, but secondary fermentation had taken place, causing pressure in the bottle to build to explosive levels.

Soy sauce is normally pasteurised after fermentation, sterilising it and stopping further fermentation; this process was apparently omitted or botched in the case of the exploding bottle.

A variety of similar cases have been reported; Chinese media has been stressing the importance of not leaving soy sauce in warm places for long periods of time lest it explode.

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July 11 2012

via China Menaced by Exploding Refrigerator | Sankaku Complex

An exploding refrigerator which blasted a hole in a brick wall is the latest object to menace China with its unexpected self-destruct functionality.

Chinese news reported the impressive devastation it caused:

The refrigerator was apparently made by LG, a South Korean company, although whether it was actually manufactured in Korea or China is not clear.

June 15 2012


China Menaced by Exploding China | Sankaku Complex

A man has had his fingers blown off by an exploding “China” brand cigarette, providing the latest evidence of the explosive growth in Chinese product quality.


The Zhejiang province grocer lit up only to have the cigarette explode in his fingers.

Pictures show the man hospitalised with severe injuries to his fingers, with some reports saying his fingers were “blown off” by the force of the explosion.


As a supposed luxury brand, just how the cigarettes attained their explosive properties is not known (similar incidents with cheaper brands now scarcely warrant mention). Authorities are said to be investigating.

February 08 2012


China Menaced by Exploding Coins | Sankaku Complex


A small child has reportedly fallen victim to China-quality coinage, with the currency exploding in his hands for reasons unknown.

The exploding money was encountered by a 3-year-old boy in China’s Fujian province, when it blew up in his hands.

According to his mother, he had just learned how to pay for the small rides at local shops, and she had given him a 1 yuan coin for this purpose.

No sooner had she taken her eyes off him as he went to play on the rides than she heard a loud bang and a scream, and came running over to find the boy surrounded by smoke and the remains of the coin on the floor.

The boy escaped with minor burns to his hand.

Similar incidents involving small children, exploding currency and electric vehicles were reported in 2007 and 2008, leading some to speculate that some combination of electrical mishap and dubious coinage may have been at fault.

Online there is some glee at this latest entry to China’s explosive hall of fame:

“Explosive inflation!”

“The bubble is finally bursting!”

“What sort of monetary policy do you call this?”

“What the hell is going on in China…”

“Who could have imagined this?”

“Next up, exploding notes. China, you can do it!”

“How can a lump of iron or nickel explode like this?”

“Fake coins and explosive ingredients… what a country.”

“This is China’s version of a financial big bang.”

“You can only look forward to hearing what will explode next, can’t you?”

February 03 2012


China Menaced by Exploding Sewer | Sankaku Complex


The explosive dangers of China have once again been amply illustrated by this widely circulated video of a manhole cover being blown skywards in a huge explosion, with an unfortunate man being sent flying by the force of the explosive gases released.

The video, which shows a 20kg manhole cover being blown sky high and the man having his clothes blown off and being flung several metres from the blast.


The incident was caused by a sewer gas explosion in China’s Hunan province, and was captured on a security camera.

The man suffered serious burns, but survived, whilst his sons are said to have escaped injury.

The (huge) gif.

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