Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/27/air_matress_blast/

Air mattress blast blows German man across room

House wrecked in inflatable fix fiasco

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 27th August 2013 10:03 GMT

A German chap who attempted fix a leaking inflatable mattress with "industrial strength" puncture repair spray prompted an industrial strength blast which caused €150,000 (£129,000; $200,600) worth of damage to his rented gaff.

The unnamed 41-year-old had just moved into a house in Diepholz in Lower Saxony and, being a bit short in the furniture department, bought a self-inflating mattress with electric pump.

According to The Local, he attacked the leaky bed with aerosol tyre sealant, and was rewarded with a "violent explosion" which "threw him across the room, ripped doors off their hinges and smashed windows".

Cue an ambulance, and hospital treatment for "minor cuts" and an injured wrist. A police spokesman said the victim was fortunate to have escaped a very long lie down, although he may face charges relating to blowing up property.

Experts reckon heat from the pump ignited the spray's gas. ®