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Man Buys Insecticide to Kill One Cockroach in His Multi-million House, Only to End Up Burning the Entire House

by Paul Nyongesa
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Man Buys Insecticide to Kill One Cockroach in His Multi-million House, Only to End Up Burning the Entire House

A man in the city of Kumamoto, Japan, reportedly set his luxury apartment on fire last Sunday while attempting to chase down a single cockroach to kill it with insecticide, as reported by Insider magazine.

The 54-year-old man had sprayed numerous insecticides in his attempt to defeat the cockroach, Japanese police told Mainichi Shimbun in a report on Monday, as quoted by Insider.

The explosion shattered the balcony window, leaving the man with minor injuries, according to the newspaper.

The report added that police identified burn marks near the kotatsu – a Japanese heated table – of the individual.

This is not the first time an explosion has occurred after someone sprayed insecticide.

According to Japan’s National Consumer Affairs Center, there have been several reports of explosions occurring after insecticides caught fire when sprayed near electrical outlets, according to Mainichi Shimbun.

“Putting liquid sprays in certain areas can be very dangerous,” Philip Koehler, a retired entomology professor at the University of Florida, wrote in a university post in January 2022.

“For example, areas with electricity, engines, or exposed wiring pose a risk of electric shock to people using water-based pesticide sprays. Sparks from experiments and gas flames from heaters and appliances can ignite oil-based pesticides,” Koehler continued.

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