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Tuesday, August 06, 2019 3:10 pm

Florida woman says toilet explodes after lightning strike

Associated Press

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode.

Marylou Ward told TV station WINK News that the sole toilet in her Port Charlotte home was shattered into hundreds of pieces on Sunday.

Ward said the explosion was the loudest sound she's ever heard, and that she also smelled smoke. She said a plumber told her lightning hit the methane gas that was built up in the pipes from feces.

Ward said she'll have to get the toilet and septic system repaired, but she's thankful no one was injured.