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Toilet at Mont. courthouse explodes

Toilet At Mont. Courthouse Explodes

When you go to the restroom, you normally expect some peace and solitude -- not a brush with death.

Fox News reports: "This is really gross. That toilet right there exploding at a Montana courthouse right as an employee exited the stall. Luckily, that employee was not hurt."

The Billings Gazette reports that the employee was Norma Brewer, a deputy county treasurer at Stillwater County Courthouse in Columbus, Montana.

Brewer told The Billings Gazette, "I had just closed the door behind me when it went off. That saved me. But it sounded like a huge bomb went off in this courthouse."

Frightening! Turns out, though, it wasn't necessarily a random explosion. The brand of the toilet had actually been recalled in 2012.

The toilet was a Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing system. According to a press release issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the brand was recalled because of it's potential to, well, explode.

"The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact or laceration hazards to consumers and property damage."

KTVQ said that the county will be replacing five of the toilets in the building after the incident.

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Elizabeth June 30 2014 at 5:51 AM

Why were they not replaced when they were recalled?

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greenliks Elizabeth June 30 2014 at 12:26 PM

The town plumbing dept. has it on it's "to do " list and get to it soon enough.

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coopdabomb Elizabeth June 30 2014 at 1:32 PM

Would you know if your toilet is recalled. Come on.

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gramargo coopdabomb June 30 2014 at 8:22 PM

I'd think that a government buiilding's records of purchasing quite a few toilets might be on the manufacturer or seller's lists of customers, and there's a rule that such things should be followed up on. Maybe they were notified but didn't have the money to do the replacement before.....sounds as if it might be in a county without lots of residents.

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Mike June 30 2014 at 8:05 AM

With all those lawyers dumping in it, it didn't stand a chance.

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db1219 Mike June 30 2014 at 5:17 PM

Now THAT is a good one!!!

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crowland503 June 30 2014 at 7:04 AM

A fine example of Barak Obama's presidency!!! His administration already in the toilet; and only a matter of time when his constant lying explodes all around him. His legacy forever written on the walls of an outhouse!

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ectullis June 30 2014 at 6:39 AM

Made in China?

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deruwid9 ectullis June 30 2014 at 11:22 AM

We're not sure if she had Chines, Mexican, a greasy hamburger or a bad hot dog, but from the results, I'd say Middle Eastern food.

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henryusmale ectullis June 30 2014 at 12:31 PM


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eaglephoenix2 June 30 2014 at 10:56 AM

A great cure for constipation.

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bronbronco27 eaglephoenix2 June 30 2014 at 11:00 AM

BOOOOOM! scared the **** out of her!

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coopdabomb June 30 2014 at 6:18 AM

Was it made by G.M.?

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eaglephoenix2 coopdabomb June 30 2014 at 11:28 AM

No, BM

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bigred8690 June 30 2014 at 6:49 AM

As of this moment, the Secret Service is developing new procedures for checking bathrooms used by the President.

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bronbronco27 bigred8690 June 30 2014 at 10:59 AM

that would be a terrible way to lose the p residient; yet apt.

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John June 30 2014 at 7:00 AM

Puts a whole new meaning into droppin' a duece....

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Frank Okolo June 30 2014 at 7:08 AM

This is not what it looks like. Maybe she had an explosive BM and THAT shattered the toilet.

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allnightradioman June 30 2014 at 7:01 AM

Don't blow when you go!!! Yikes! Gas and smoking? Must be those sliders from last night? At least I'm happy today that some of my packages are coming! It's been months man since they got in gear!!! Master baiter people. Wow! I'm Happy!!!

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