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Preacherman
December 18, 2003, 11:45 PM
Well, this isn't a gun, but I think it can be legitimately considered a "fire" arm! :D

From the San Diego Union-Tribune (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20031218-9999_7m18bugs.html):

19 bug bomb foggers blast a house apart

Pilot light on a wall heater may have ignited them; no one hurt in explosion

By Joe Hughes
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

December 18, 2003

A family living in a house infested with cockroaches and rats set off 19 "bug bomb" foggers in their 470-square-foot City Heights home Wednesday, causing an explosion that blew the building apart.


http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/images/031218bugblast.jpg


It seemed like a good idea at the time.

A family living in a house infested with cockroaches and rats set off 19 "bug bomb" foggers in their 470-square-foot City Heights home yesterday, causing an explosion that virtually blew the building apart and sent Christmas decorations into the street, police said.

The family had just left the rental when the house blew about 8:45 a.m. No one was injured, although a pregnant woman who lives next door was taken to the hospital by her husband as a precaution, authorities said.

"We are very lucky someone wasn't killed," said Capt. Steve Salaz of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Shards of glass and nails from torn walls were strewn about. The back door of the house was blown off its hinges. Gaping holes were left in the ceiling. Insulation was spread throughout like confetti.

Authorities said they believe the Euclid Avenue residence may have to be entirely rebuilt. Damage was estimated in excess of $150,000.

Investigators believe the bug bombs were ignited by a pilot light on a wall heater.

Aurelia Oliveras said she had just left the house and was in the back yard with her husband and 2-year-old daughter when the blast occurred.

"We had so many cockroaches and rats inside. That's why we did it," she said. Oliveras said the family members were walking to their car, parked to the rear of the house, when they heard and felt the blast.

"We ran for cover. Things were flying everywhere."

A woman next door was awakened suddenly when the south wall of the Oliveras home came crashing into the side of her house. She was not hurt.

The explosion was so loud that it shook Rangel's Market across the street.

Griselda Rangel, who was inside the business, didn't know what to think. She raced outside, saw smoke billowing into the air and debris flying about. She called 911 and then went to check on the residents.

"I ran over to see if the people were OK," she said. "They were in the house trying to fix things. There still was a lot of smoke and fumes."

The first firefighters to arrive didn't know what had happened. An early dispatch advised that a car may have crashed into the house.

"When we got here, we saw wires down and a collapsed wall," said fire engineer J.S. Cheek.

Utility workers shut off gas and power in the immediate area and police detoured traffic.

The incident prompted officials to warn residents to take proper precautions when using the bombs.

All appliances should be shut off, including the pilot light on gas heaters. And one can is more than enough for a 600-square-foot home. Similar warnings are printed on the canisters, but the family is not fluent in English.

This was not the first time an abundance of bug bombs caused an explosion in the area.

In April 2001, 18 bug bombs and a pilot light in a heater combined to blow up a City Heights apartment. No one was injured, and several cockroaches survived the blast.

The Red Cross was attempting to find shelter for the Oliveras family yesterday.

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HABU
December 18, 2003, 11:55 PM
Damage was estimated in excess of $150,000. For a 470 square foot shack!:what:

Do they make rat/roach combo bombs? They would have been better served keeping the place clean.:rolleyes:

Ukraine Train
December 18, 2003, 11:56 PM
Well at least the rats are gone now lol


"They were in the house trying to fix things. There still was a lot of smoke and fumes."

I think they're gonna need a bit more than a hammer and some nails.

Hand_Rifle_Guy
December 18, 2003, 11:59 PM
This has happened lots of times, usually in similar circumstances, i.e. a well-infested house, and tennants thinking in the "if one is good, lots more is lots better." It's simply an attempt to decisively beat the vermin without resorting to the expense of an exterminator.

Unfortunately, the primary propellent for aerosol bug bombs is typically butane or propane gas. Setting off handfuls of 'em at once can get to an explosive fuel-air ratio inside the confines of a building. Now, with the right-size sabot in the chimney, and a good-sized melon for a projectile, the range oughta be about...

Nahhh. ;)

Houses make lousy spud-cannons. :rolleyes:

Bill Hook
December 19, 2003, 12:16 AM
HABU beat me to it. I never lived in an apartment that small, let alone a house. It just shows how liberalism has driven up the cost of living on the Left Coast, since building has become so expensive with all the regulations and inflated labor costs.

cracked butt
December 19, 2003, 12:16 AM
A similar thing happened on a smaller scale in my county a few weeks ago- a car with 4 teenage girls huffing aerosol and one of them lights up a cigarette. Car was pretty much toast, and luckily they worst the girls got were some 2nd degree burns.

Gewehr98
December 19, 2003, 12:23 AM
Just a few miles from me, another home had a run-in with explosive effects:

http://www.floridatoday.com/topstories/121803kaboom.htm

http://www.floridatoday.com/topstories/images/121803patio.jpg

Bomb squad detonates explosive cord found embedded in patio

Brevard County sheriff's deputy Carl Graves and his dog, Tinio, who is trained to detect explosives, check the area around the porch where explosive cord was found. Image © 2003, Rik Jesse, FLORIDA TODAY.


From the archives
> Investigators to remove detonator cord that hurt two

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - The Brevard County Sheriff's Bomb Squad this morning detonated an explosive cord found embedded in the patio of a home on Merritt Island in an effort to prevent any further explosions.

The detonation on the patio of the single-wide trailer at 325 Lafitte Court occurred shortly after 10 a.m., said sheriff's spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez.

The Merritt Island trailer was condemned by the county building inspector because a live detonation cord was found buried in the concrete of the 540-square foot patio which was built about 20 years ago. Authorities believe the previous homeowner placed the cord while building the patio.

Two pest control workers suffered facial injuries after drilling in the concrete which exploded. The blast shot fragments of concrete into the air hitting them in the face.


- Jennifer Ellis, FLORIDA TODAY

WYO
December 19, 2003, 12:29 AM
How do you think they settled on 19?

A: "Honey, I think we need 15-16."
B: "No, I think we need 20"
A: "But that's dangerous. After all, 18 caused an explosion in 2001."
B: "Yeah, but the news article said that cockroaches survived that one."
A: "Ok, I'm not really happy about it, but I'll compromise at 19."
B: "Deal."

This may be OT, but I met a pizza delivery guy who once had to use a bug bomb in his car. Think about that the next time you get pizza delivered in cockroach country.

sm
December 19, 2003, 12:44 AM
So if matches get safety locks, or if matches get banned and arsonist or someone wanting to collect insurance on prperty damage....one still has a 'legal' option.

dunno why my thinking went that direction...

Dionysusigma
December 19, 2003, 01:09 AM
It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Famous last words :eek: :D

10-Ring
December 19, 2003, 01:12 AM
I saw this story on the news tonight. The funny part was at the end of the story & the camera guy got a pciture of roaches crawling around in what was the kitchen. I guess the explosion occured before the poison could do its job! :rolleyes:

Triad
December 19, 2003, 01:13 AM
Do you think their insurance will cover the damages?

Gordon
December 19, 2003, 01:56 AM
The slum lord owner got what he deserves AND Darwin wins again!:neener:

HABU
December 19, 2003, 02:01 AM
IIRC, it was a rental. Doubtful they had insurance. The landlord should have, though.

I wonder what rent ona a 470' shack goes for there?

rayjay
December 19, 2003, 02:51 AM
No one was injured, and several cockroaches survived the blast.

ROTFLMAO

weiser09
December 19, 2003, 04:36 AM
Well, that's the crappiest neighborhood in the city. If the house was a 2 bedroom (just guessing), it was at least $600 a month. Heck, the only redeming value of that neighborhood is my favorite gun store, California Police Equipment (http://www.capoliceequip.com) That's one neighborhood I avoid at night at all cost.

Greg L
December 19, 2003, 09:31 AM
The Merritt Island trailer was condemned by the county building inspector because a live detonation cord was found buried in the concrete of the 540-square foot patio which was built about 20 years ago. Authorities believe the previous homeowner placed the cord while building the patio.

Why would you embed det cord into your patio?

Seriously.

Weimadog
December 19, 2003, 09:38 AM
Why would you embed det cord into your patio?

Thinking ahead? Easy removal in the future? That stuff is tough to break up with a sledgehammer, and jackhammers are so expensive to rent. :scrutiny:

Weimadog

longtom4570
December 19, 2003, 09:39 AM
Hey hold my beer and watch this:what: :what:

ceetee
December 19, 2003, 09:40 AM
Why would you embed det cord into your patio?


For when the Tax Appraiser comes a'snoopin' around...

J Miller
December 19, 2003, 09:49 AM
Yes, why indeed? I can think of two possible reasons.

A: The builder did not know it was det cord and used it as a line level and left it.

B: The builder was a sadistic jerk who left a future trap for some unsuspecting victim.

C: ??

Langenator
December 19, 2003, 10:03 AM
C: ??

C: The builder had something illegal going on in the place, and built a booby trap in case The Man came snoppin'/raiding his place.

mtnbkr
December 19, 2003, 11:05 AM
had to use a bug bomb in his car

I had to do that to a car I owned. It got infested with ants and regular baits and sprays didn't work. I don't know how it happened, because I'm not in a habit of leaving food in the car (nor did I spill any drinks). I set off the bomb, let it sit for a few days, then cracked the window for a few more days. After I felt it was clear, I cleaned up the car real good. No more ants from then on...

Chris

TarpleyG
December 19, 2003, 11:08 AM
Similar warnings are printed on the canisters, but the family is not fluent in English.
More "immigrants" I suppose. You know what, if you are moving to the States, learn the language already. Out of respect if nothing else.

GT

fiVe
December 19, 2003, 11:28 AM
Did they have a BBP? (bug bomb permit)

12-34hom
December 19, 2003, 11:46 AM
From latest news reports..

The only injuries the cockroachs suffered was : ringing sensation in thier little ears.

12-34hom.

TallPine
December 19, 2003, 11:54 AM
I just have to ask ... where does one buy these bug bombs?

Background check required ...?

Seems like they might come in handy for something.:D


$150K for 470 sq ft ...? That's way more than I paid for 3 bdrm house on 40 acres!:eek:

Mike Irwin
December 19, 2003, 11:57 AM
"No one was injured, and several cockroaches survived the blast."

They were here before us, they'll be here after we're extinct...



I'm also reminded of a line from The Simpsons where Sideshow Bob's evil brother is going to blow up the dam with Bart, Lisa, and Bob inside...

"There may be a slight ringing in your ears for awhile. Fortunately, you'll be nowhere near them."

0007
December 19, 2003, 12:01 PM
Too bad they didn't print the picture of the lawyers lined up in front of the remains...:D :D

45R
December 19, 2003, 12:54 PM
http://usualsuspect.net/forums/images/smilies/pat.gif

Nuff said

dustind
December 19, 2003, 01:23 PM
I would suggest removing the interior of the car if bugs got in, it is pretty easy to do.

Would a pellet gun take out a roache? I am glad there are non in Minnesota, or atleast in any place I have lived. I would go crazy.

Mark Tyson
December 19, 2003, 01:53 PM
They didn't even kill the roaches! LOL! Oh man, this is a good one. Home demolition kit: do it yourself.

Roaches have survived a lot more than exploding houses in the millions of years of their evolution.

IAJack
December 19, 2003, 02:14 PM
They need a doorbell that rings..... la cucaracha

Ivanimal
December 19, 2003, 02:35 PM
I love a story with a happy ending.

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No one was injured, and several cockroaches survived the blast.
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