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Petrol-sucking Swede sparks vacuum blast

The Local/og · 4 Apr 2012, 07:17

Published: 04 Apr 2012 07:17 GMT+02:00

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The man, from outside of Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden, couldn't think of a better way to transfer the gasoline on Monday night, and decided to try the house-hold cleaner as a make-shift siphoning device, according to Örnsköldsviks Allehanda newspaper.

But instead of sucking in the petrol and storing it, the vacuum cleaner caught fire, forcing the man to launch it outside of the garage before any further damage was done.

However, the man was too late, as the car had already caught fire.

Shortly after, the vacuum cleaner exploded outside the garage.

The man rushed into the house to wake and evacuate his sleeping family, and called the fire department as the fire continued to ravage his garage.

Firefighters arrived shortly after and extinguish the blaze after having managed to contain the flames to the one room.

No one was injured in the incident, however the car was burnt out and the garage was damaged by the smoke.

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The vacuum cleaner was destroyed in the explosion, and the remains have reportedly been binned.

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07:53 April 4, 2012 by rybo1
What was he thinking?
08:05 April 4, 2012 by ctinej

A good candidate for the Darwin Award, or an attempt of it.'

'His ancestors were probably the ones who got hold of some dynamite and attacked a Norwegian fort by throwing the sticks over the fort walls. The Norwegians quickly discovered that if they lit the fuses and threw them back, they were much more effective.

Any good Siphoner knows that you use TWO hoses in the tank. (and a sock to seal the hole) You blow into one and the gas comes out the other, and will continue to siphon.

Poor old Ole, ..he probably drank some gas on his first attempt. Good thing he wasnt having a birth day party and tried to blow out the candles with his gas breath. Human flame thrower is a more interesting headline.
09:02 April 4, 2012 by wolverine2k
hahaha... Made my day!
09:02 April 4, 2012 by skogsbo
they could have staged a photo of the thing on fire!
09:09 April 4, 2012 by RobinHood
The best one was an Australian petrol thief who tried to siphon petrol out of a motorhome. Sadly for him, he mistook the petrol tank for the sewage tank and got a mouthful of turd slush. Now that's justice.
09:28 April 4, 2012 by philster61
He should have read the recent news about the British woman exchanging fuel inside her home..... hahahaha.idiot
09:29 April 4, 2012 by JulieLou40
What a moron.
09:29 April 4, 2012 by Cephalectomy
beware the new bungholio, reincarnated in sweden
10:43 April 4, 2012 by muscle
hahaha awesome :)
11:30 April 4, 2012 by caradoc
That sucks!
11:44 April 4, 2012 by Da Goat
silly bugger ! I guess he was NOT knowledgeable to know that vacuum cleaners mostly always use brushed motors (sparks) because they are cheap to make!

the petrol gas just went thru the cleaner hit the sparks and WOOF up she goes, sounds like he was "lucky" enough to get some petrol out before the Gas went up.

yep a minor Darwin award is on offer i think!
12:38 April 4, 2012 by mamegoma
RIP poor innocent vacuum cleaner...
12:56 April 4, 2012 by Keith #5083
mind-blowing! Well, it would have been had there been a mind to blow.
14:37 April 4, 2012 by gpafledthis
Nah !! the brits on TL staff (exNOW) fudged the truth for a laugh !!
15:36 April 4, 2012 by Svensksmith
Nature hates a vacuum.
21:10 April 4, 2012 by johan rebel
Amazing how modern technology has enabled enterprising individuals to try out new methods of natural selection.

This moron had a pretty bright idea, but it was just not good enough.

Better luck next time!
01:27 April 5, 2012 by muscle
This is the reason why police wanted to stop the person who wanted to make a nuclear reactor in the kitchen :) and well, we saw many supporters for that guy.

This is the reason, why police prevents the morons from doing anything stupid that can risk in losing, forget about their own lives, but others lives as well
04:08 April 5, 2012 by GLO
Fools rush in!!!!
20:48 April 5, 2012 by bethrichardson
Ok, bad idea. But what I'm really taking away from this is the fact that in the US this would only have been news if the guy was stealing the gas from someone and blew himself up. It says a lot about our two societies, doesn't it?

Someone rescue me, please!
17:52 April 6, 2012 by SuperTulle
So if he managed to suck the gas out of the gas tank, was he going to store it in the dust bag? On the world I come from, storing liquids in paper bags is a bad idea.
09:33 April 15, 2012 by Gjeebes
Hmmm, electric motor, volatile petrol fumes...this one seems like a no brainer. On the positive side, at least he will be off the road for a while (let's hope so anyway). Another case of the Swede trying to reinvent the wheel, except the results here were more immediate.
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