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Today's award, courtesy of a link provided by Australian reader Snoggeramus (who's contributed many Doofi to our collection), goes to a hapless father in Queensland.
A Queensland man used insect spray as a flamethrower to kill cockroaches, blowing up his Mount Isa kitchen in the process.
Luckily, the three children in the home, aged nine, 11 and 17, were unharmed after the Wednesday night explosion, which occured about 8pm.
Not so lucky was their father, who was taken to Mount Isa Hospital with “abrasions” to his face and arms.
“It looks like the guy was using pest spray in the kitchen then a flame was lit which caused a small fire,” a police spokesman said.
There's more at the link.
Yep; aerosol insecticide is, indeed, a pretty useful fuel-air explosive (in modern parlance, a thermobaric weapon) in the right concentration. As kids, we used to take cans of insecticide and hold a lighter beneath the jet of gas as it came out. It made a pretty good improvised flamethrower for various uses . . . none of which were approved of by our parents!
The picture of that house brought back many memories for me. It looks like it was made of asbestos sheeting, or something like that - a common building material during and after World War II. A lot of country and coastal houses in South Africa (particularly holiday homes in tourist resorts, rented out by the week) were built along similar lines in my younger days. It looks flimsy, but given the weather and climate conditions in those areas, it was adequate. When a big rainstorm hit, the noise of the drops hitting the roof and sides was deafening!