An elderly man in France wound up blowing up his kitchen when he tried to zap a fly with his electric swatter.
Who among us cannot relate? https://t.co/xLWGMuN4Cw— Esther Schindler (@Esther Schindler)1599588051.0
The 82-year-old man, who lives alone, was about to have his dinner on Friday night at approximately 7:45 p.m. when a fly began distracting him from enjoying his meal.
The unnamed man had a solution with the fly zapper—a racket-style device with an electric mesh— to off his winged intruder with a simple swing.
Good example of the law of unintended consequences: https://t.co/pSiD9i43dv— Mike Bravo (@Mike Bravo)1599425319.0
However, he was not aware of the fact that the gas canister outside his home had been leaking and the gas was accumulating under a fixture in his kitchen.
The reaction from the electric device caused an explosion which destroyed the kitchen and partly damaged the roof of his home that is located in the tiny village of Parcoul-Chenaud.
That escalated quickly https://t.co/ATdyJ7mNpq— Lee Bailes (@Lee Bailes)1599463040.0
Quirky story of the week. Hope he had house insurance… 😜 Man blows up part of house while chasing fly https://t.co/oeiog8jOid— Onnik J. Krikorian (@Onnik J. Krikorian)1599427517.0
Think you had a bad day? https://t.co/2Ygzhp82JK— Michele Wucker 🦏 (@Michele Wucker 🦏)1599451253.0
According to the BBC, the homeowner managed to survive the explosion but suffered hand burns.
France Bleu reported that his house is currently uninhabitable, and he paid to stay at a campsite while his family repairs his kitchen.
People commented on social media about the all-too-familiar ordeal.
This would be me... https://t.co/RoWO3XqkrL— Doctrine Man (@Doctrine Man)1599480700.0
I could have done the same thing. https://t.co/PZzrT8ZGAA— Agu Ojii (@Agu Ojii)1599466240.0
@Doctrine_Man Ditto! The #flyrage is real.— Mr. Kewl D. Penguin (@Mr. Kewl D. Penguin)1599568831.0
https://t.co/Dbaf56nmvY Housefly 1 - 0 Human— coldtusker (@coldtusker)1599582831.0
People thought it was hardly surprising considering the year we've had.
Metaphor for 2020 https://t.co/ypWZjMFuP7— Anastasia Golovashkina (@Anastasia Golovashkina)1599444734.0
“A man has blown up part of his house in France while trying to swat a fly.” That fly is 2020. https://t.co/8qiRSP4Wa7— Quang D. Tran, S.J. (@Quang D. Tran, S.J.)1599449394.0
Sud Ouest reported that while the man is okay, the fate of the fly remains unknown.