• Dec 11, 2011
UPDATE: Images removed at request of owner.

The FJ Cruiser in the picture above was turned into a Transformers-like casualty after an acetylene tank inside the cabin blew up. The Canadian you see hugging the FJ is its owner, who happened to be in the SUV when that acetylene tank exploded.

According to his account of the event, the cap on the sealed tank became loose before he parked the truck in his garage overnight. The following morning, the ripe smell of acetylene filled the FJ, so he opened its doors to air it out. Wanting to speed the job along, he pulled the truck out of the garage – yes, that involved starting it. Then, while still inside the FJ, he hit the switch to roll down the passenger-side power window, and, as the old Batman series would have said, "KA-BOOM!"

Obviously, he lived. Not just that, he suffered nothing more than a loss of hearing in his right ear and a scratch. Which is not a bad way to say, "Christmas came early." Have a look at the aftermath in the mage gallery, and in case you needed a reminder, don't try this at home.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 101 Comments
      PummelCore
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is someone with such limited cognitive capacity doing with an acetylene tank?
      ROBINHOOD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could have been prevented.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ROBINHOOD
        All accidents can be prevented. That's what makes it an "accident".
          XT6Wagon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          This should never have happened. He violated every rule of the transport and storage of acetalene. Well I guess he could have strapped it to the axle valve side down, but even then that might have been safer.
      Xmnr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess that's one way to improve the fj cruiser's rear visibility
      turbo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proceeds to start engine after noticing strong smell of flammable gas?? Brilliant.
      Denise
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not too bright?
      alfredschrader
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not luck. Why don't these people ever read the pamphlet that comes with the welding equipment ? I do, and it clearly says never store the oxy/acetylene tanks indoors or inside a closed vehicle in case it leaks.
      soalmorgan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dude musta left his brain in neutral when he started the day...he wasn't the first and won't be the last. If he didn't learn from that I hope he never reproduces because stupid people shouldn't breed. Unfortunatel, natural selection sometimes works a little slower than an idiots libido.
      Jon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid is as stupid does.
      B Koz
      • 3 Years Ago
      He must be a magician......it's obvious he had his head up his butt when it happened...so how'd he lose his hearing? The dumbass is lucky he's still alive....he should be mighty thankful he only lost hearing in one ear.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you could smell the gas why would you try to start it? I would be afraid to even open the door triggering any light inside that vehicle. Much less climbing in and driving it out of the garage.
      Patrick Page
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is amazing. Three stikes and your out
      idomybest711
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW ! ! ! Dipshit blew his OWN doors off!
    • Load More Comments