Don’t Use A Smoke Bomb To Get Rid Of A Skunk Or You’ll Burn Your House Down
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As appealing as fire may seem sometimes, especially when you can get your hands on a flamethrower, it’s probably not the best option when you’re trying to get rid of an animal. And why is that? Because more often than not you’ll just set your own house on fire.
Just like that teen who burned down apartments trying to kill bed bugs, a Michigan man recently attempted to use a smoke bomb in order to get some skunk out of his crawlspace. But wouldn’t you know it, the plan didn’t go well as it sparked a house fire instead.
Ferndale Fire Chief Kevin P. Sullivansaid the flames had spread from the crawlspace to the first floor of the house by the time firefighters arrived. Here’s what Sullivan had to say:
“We suggest citizens hire pest control professionals, however if one is an absolute die-hard do-it-yourselfer, please read and understand the directions and warning labels before applying an incendiary [smoke bomb] to your home or garage.
“Fire can double in size every 30 seconds at a slow rate. Doing basic math, he let the fire grow approximately 30 times the original size. Fire can double in size every 30 seconds at a slow rate.”
In other words, the guy who caused this wasn’t extremely bright. The man’s house “was a complete loss, as he lost most [of] his possessions, the structure was severely damaged, fire burned through the floor and the roof, several access holes were cut to fully extinguish the fire,” according to Sullivan.
So after all that he killed the skunk, right? No. No skunk remains were found at all and his fate remains in unknown. Hope it was worth it, my good man.