Police believe a spider may have been the cause, albeit indirectly, of an explosion at a home in Australia yesterday.
Emergency services were called to the home in Kirribilli, New South Wales, shortly after 1pm, after an explosion blew out the bathroom and kitchen windows and destroyed a washing machine.
A 66-year-old woman told police and fire fighters she’d seen a spider on her washing machine and sprayed it with an insecticide, however, it ran under the machine.
She sprayed more insecticide under the washing machine and fire investigators believe the motor ignited the spray, triggering the explosion. The washing machine was destroyed. The homeowner was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics at the scene after sustaining singed hair and blurred vision. There was no sign of the spider.