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Spider Explosion

Taking insect fear to extremes.

A man suffered serious burns after an unfortunate incident with an insect. Nigel Masters, 28, attempted to kill a spider with an aerosol can in the bathroom of his home in Clacton, England. Terrified of insects, he emptied the contents of the spray can over the area where he believed the spider was hiding. Wanting to check that he had actually exterminated the creature, Masters went to switch on the light. However, a faultybulb meant that he couldn’t see anything, so he lit his cigarette lighter to get a closer look. Bad idea! As soon as the flame came into contact with the gas, there was a huge explosion. Masters was blown off his feet and the room was engulfed in smoke. A dazed Masters was eventually taken to hospital with minor injuries. “After all that, I’m not even sure whether I killed the spider. I think it’s time to deal with my fear of insects,” he said.

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