Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Be careful with those bug bombs!
From CBS New York:
A Queens man was recovering Monday from a major scare, from a wall that collapsed on him following an explosion in the apartment next door.
The explosion shook the building at 39-20 Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside, Queens, and blew out the wall between apartments 1B and 1A. The gaping hole measured 10 by 12 feet.
The bricks and stucco that collapsed in a pile injured a man, although not seriously.
“The gentleman was sitting on his couch and the wall came from 1B into 1A, and it actually covered him; landed in his lap,” said FDNY Chief Ed Carney.
Carney blamed the blast on a bug bomb.
Apartment dwellers have used the foggers known as bug bombs for years to get rid of roaches and other pests But fire officials said the problem is occasionally people forget to follow the safety directions printed right on the back on the box.
Typical warnings remind users to turn off all flames, pilot lights and ignition sources. Carney said the ignition source in the Queens incident was the gas pilot light.
Utility service was cut to much of the building for more than an hour during the emergency response.
Building inspectors determined there was no dangerous structural damage, but posted vacate orders on both units until the wall that was blown out is rebuilt.