Michel Pierre no longer uses his hand to flush his toilet after it exploded in his face. One day he pulled the handle to check on the water pressure, and Kaboom! The man now uses a rope to flush from a safe distance outside of the bathroom.
As reported by Daily News, Pierre and three other tenants were injured on Oct.2 at the Caton Tower development in Flatbush. All injuries were caused by powerful blasts from their toilet bowls.
“I’m afraid to flush the toilet right now,” said Pierre, 58. He was so affected by the porcelain-blast that he needed to go to the hospital where he received 30 stitches to close shrapnel wounds on his head, arm and legs.
Talk about blowing up the bathroom.
Pierre claims that since the accident, he has not been able to shake his fear of flushing the commode; even though this truth sounds a little funny coming from a grown adult male.
“It sounds silly but I’m still scared,” he said. “Maybe someday it goes away but right now I’m in pain.”
Pierre said his peace of mind has been shattered, much like the commode which shattered in his apartment. The event took place after the water had been turned off in the 19-story building where Pierre resides, for a plumbing contractor to install a backflow prevention valve. At approximately 11 p.m., Piere went to check if the pressurized flush-valve toilet was working. He instantly regretted the decision.
Pierre actually lost consciousness for a short spell. He awoke covered in blood. Firefighters from nearby FDNY engine and ladder companies came to his rescue. A source said they were responding to a “utility emergency” in the building.
Pierre’s lawyer Sanford Rubenstein offered his opinion. “Toilets are supposed to flush, not explode.” He is in the middle of preparing a lawsuit against Century Management, which runs the building. “This victim is entitled to damages for the serious injuries he sustained through no fault of his own.”
Experts say that the buildup of air pressure in the pipes during the repairs is most likely to blame.
Pierre said he doesn’t know when he will ever be able to go to the bathroom again in peace.
“I can’t stop thinking about it every time I look at the bowl,” Pierre said. Thankfully for him, he wasn’t sitting down for what might have been the fatal flush.