Baltimore Woman Sues Mayor for Violent Toilet Explosion

She was 'blown off' the toilet seat, suffered injuries and 'mental anguish': suit
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2016 1:00 PM CDT
Updated Mar 20, 2016 10:03 AM CDT
Pic of the toilet and an estimate of damages.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – A Baltimore woman who says she was blown off of her toilet when it exploded in November 2014, causing her physical injuries and PTSD, as well as loads of physical damage to her home, is now suing the city's mayor and City Council, as well as a couple of city contractors, for $75,000 each, or $225,000 in full, the Baltimore Sun reports. Angela Wright says in her February court filing that she was using the facilities when the system got backed up and exploded, knocking her off the toilet seat "with great force and violence" and leaving her covered in excrement and seriously wounded. "I was literally covered in feces. … Who wants that?" she told Fox45 shortly after the incident, with her lawyer adding, "She had to clean it up herself. Can you imagine doing that?"

Why Wright is suing those particular parties: She says the mayor, the city, and contractors Spiniello Companies and Heitkamp fixed a sewage system next to her home in a "negligent manner," causing her toilet to back up and burst. (She says it also happened a few months before but she was lucky enough not to be sitting on the toilet.) The ABA Journal notes the suit doesn't specify if the commode itself actually exploded or if the burst of waste was caused by contractors using high-pressure hoses. Either way, Wright claims in her complaint that the incident caused her "mental anguish" and "loss of enjoyment of her usual pursuits and pastimes." Her attorney, meanwhile, notes the bathroom alone will likely cost around $14,000 to repair, and her suit mentions she's already racked up about $3,300 in medical bills. (She probably wasn't thinking about making beer out of the spewing toilet water.)

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