A Florida couple’s toilet exploded after lightning struck near their septic tank

Quite the mess.

Quite the mess.
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  • On Sunday, lightning struck near a Florida couple’s septic tank and it caused their toilet to explode.
  • According to A-1 Affordable Plumbing inc., the lightning ignited the natural methane gas in the tank, causing it to burst.
  • When it exploded, it sent pieces of the toilet “airborne like a missile.”
  • MaryLou Ward told WTHR that the explosion came as a surprise and was quite loud.
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They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place – which is a good thing for one couple from Port Charlotte, Florida.

During a recent storm, lightning struck near their home and hit their septic tank, causing their toilet to explode.

According to a Facebook post from A-1 Affordable Plumbing Inc., the lightning ignited the natural methane gas in the tank and it burst.

“Methane gas is gas caused by the number two,” Jordan Hagadorn, the owner of A-1 Affordable Plumbing Inc., told USA Today. “The natural gas is from crap, literally.”

The strike triggered the toilet to explode. In the house, the toilet shattered, “sending porcelain airborne like a missile,” in the master bathroom, according to the plumbing company.

“It was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard,” MaryLou Ward told WTHR of the explosion, which happened while the couple was still in bed on Sunday.

According to A-1, it is likely that the couple will have to replace the septic tank, sewer piping and, of course, the exploded toilet.

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Fortunately, no one was injured in Sunday’s toilet rupture.

“I already sent a picture out to my kids and said, ‘Don’t do it!'” the couple’s next-door neighbor Charles Allen told NBC 2. “Here’s the proof why you shouldn’t go near the bathroom in a thunderstorm.”

Hagadorn, whose father was also a plumber, told USA Today that it’s “a first in plumbing history” as far as he’s concerned. Still, Ward is spooked.

“I’m not taking any showers and not going to the bathroom,” she told to WTHR. “Not when it’s thunderstorming and down here, that’s a lot.”