Exploding portable toilet jolts Rock Hill neighborhood

Posted December 31, 2013 7:55 am | Filed under Featured, Local News

[media-credit name=”Alison Rauch/CN2 News” align=”alignright” width=”300″]exploded porta potty 2[/media-credit]An exploding portable toilet this weekend in Rock Hill turned out to be no laughing matter for investigators.

Just after 9 p.m. Friday, the city’s bomb squad was called to a construction site of Wamsutter Road on the southern side of Rock Hill after a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report an explosion near his home.

Investigators found the ruins the toilet spread across the road and dirt and collected evidence to be sent off to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division for further testing.

“There can be many types of things that can make a porta potty explode,” Rock Hill police spokesman Mark Bollinger said. “But if it was a true explosion than that’s pretty serious. And state law takes it serious.”

Estimated damage to the porta potty was $1,500.

Bollinger said penalties for making an explosive device can range anywhere from five to 25 years in prison, provided there are no deaths associated with the device.