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Drunken Man Allegedly Blows Up Portable Toilet at Concert

Exploding portable toilet (not the same one).

Exploding portable toilet (not the same one).

Concert goer Reilly Alexander Wilson, 20, was arrested at the Havelock Country Jamboree music festival in Ontario, Canada, after he allegedly blew up a port-a-potty at the venue early on the morning of August 19, 2012. According to police, around 2 a.m. a drunk man poured gasoline into the holding tank of a portable toilet before holding an open flame to the vent stack. The fire ignited the fumes like a fuse, detonating the potty, and setting the contents on fire. The stunt caused $1,500 in damages to the unit, no word yet on whether the suspect’s hair was singed in the initial flare-up. Wilson was quickly arrested, charged with mischief, and held until he sobered up. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 25.

In July an Australian man detonated a fire cracker between his buttocks in a prank meant to impress his friends. It ended badly. Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in that incident as well.

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