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Man blows up own house after trying to blow up inflatable mattress

By Mason White 1:26 PM August 25, 2013
Scene of the explosion 

By: Debbie Gross
A man, who was trying to blow up an inflatable mattress, blew up his own house instead, according to fire officials in Germany.

Fire officials said that the man caused 150,000 euro in damages after blowing up the inflatable mattress inside his rented home. The man was new in town, he had no furniture, and now he has no windows or doors.

The 41-year-old, who has not been identified, had moved to the city of Diepholz in Lower Saxony and bought the self inflatable air mattress.

However, the mattress was damaged, so he used an industrial puncture repair spray in order to try to fix it. The chemical did not go well with the mattress’ electric pump, causing a violent explosion that threw him across the room, blew the doors off their hinges and broke the windows.

Experts believe that the heat from the electric motor ignited the chemical from the spray.
He had to be taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. However, a police spokesperson said that the man was lucky to escape with minor cuts and an injured wrist.

Prosecutors are deciding whether to take action against him for causing the explosion.

Surveyors are expected to visit the house on Thursday to see if he was still living there, but on Wednesday there were only fragments of glass left in the frame of the windows, while the curtains were torn and tiles were lying on the ground.