Exploding Lawnmower

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  1. Mrs. H

    Mrs. H LawnSite Senior Member
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    Exploding Lawn Mower Destroys Ga. Home

    08/15/2007 06:13 AM MDT

    Associated Press Writer

    JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Danny Fendley started more than just his lawn mower when he tugged at its pull cord _ he started a fire that destroyed his home.

    The mower exploded Tuesday in hot, parched conditions.

    Fendley was trying to start the mower in the garage of his two-story brick home in this Atlanta suburb when the machine burst into flames. Before he could extinguish the fire, it had spread through the garage.

    Then his wife tried to toss a can of gasoline out a window as the blaze spread, but she missed, spreading the fuel "everywhere," Fendley said.

    The flames engulfed the house in less than a minute. The couple escaped without serious injury.

    (This version CORRECTS Corrects to 'cord' instead of 'chord')
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Oh boy, this probably means more safety regulations and anti-stupidity devices are on the way.

    Probably a spout-less bullet proof sealed gas can, no hole whatsoever, sold with gas already in it, and you can not make it ignite itself.
  3. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why would the wife throw gas?
  4. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    something sounds like they wanted the house to burn down. Kinda like wont be able to make the payments
  5. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 943

    Yeah, this happened the other day, just north of where I am....It was a homeowner, and a rider if I am not wrong....The mower was more then likely old as dirt, and haven't had a oil change ever....As far as the wife, I guess she was trying to avoid having the gas catch on fire, but missed and spilled all the gas which was the cause of the house burning down....
  6. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,546

    yeah because last time I went to move or throw a gas can I made sure I spilt everylast drop all over my house.
  7. arblazeman

    arblazeman LawnSite Member
    from Ar
    Posts: 11

    Never met a wife that wasn't trying to start something.
  8. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    That's what I was thinking.
  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Send them a business card. What the heck, his grass will still be growing while they rebuild. Always be helpful!
  10. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    I'm with you. Can you say Arson? But it'll never be proved.

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