Man blows up part of house while chasing fly

Stock photo of a fly
The man had become irritated by a fly

There is a popular idiom that says “killing a mosquito with a sledge hammer is like trying to overdo things”, but not for a man who has blown up part of his house in France while trying to swat a fly. The man, who is in his 80s, was about to tuck into his dinner when he became irritated by a fly buzzing around him. He picked up an electric racket designed to kill bugs and start swatting at it – but a gas canister was leaking in his Dordogne home.

A reaction between the racket and the gas caused an explosion, destroying the kitchen and partly damaging the roof of the home in Parcoul-Chenaud village. According to local media, the unnamed man had a lucky escape, sustaining just a burn to the hand. However, the fate of the fly is not known, news outlet Sud Ouest notes. The man has since checked into a local campsite while his family repair the house.

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