WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: A teenager has been seriously injured after a deodorant can led to a freak explosion at her Queensland home.
Ayla Good, 18, from Brisbane, was having a candlelit bath with her partner last Wednesday when she got out and opened the bathroom door.
She was faced with a huge explosion that lifted the ceiling in her Mount Gravatt East home.
The teen was oblivious to a deodorant can which was leaking after becoming jammed inside the cupboard while she filled the bath.
Firefighters have labelled it the “perfect storm”, which would be almost impossible to recreate.
“With the steam in the bathroom it somewhat suppressed the vapours to floor level and all it needed was that oxygen when she opened the bathroom door,” Queensland firefighter Damien Atkins said.
Ms Good took to Facebook to reveal graphic images of her injuries and explain her horrifying ordeal.
“The entire bathroom lit up, the ceiling exploded, metal bars bent, it was incredibly loud and the feeling of that heat was indescribable,” she wrote.
After calling emergency services she was rushed to hospital, spending “the next three hours in absolute agony” with second degree burns covering both her legs.
Ms Good is now on the road to recovery but has been forced to take weeks off work to recover. She faces a nervous wait to see if she will need a skin graft to cover her wounds.
She says her cat, Winter, who suffered burnt fur and whiskers from the explosion, is to thank for raising the alarm at the door.
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“If Winter didn’t meow and if I didn’t get out of the bath to move her, we would’ve stayed in there for 20, maybe even 30 minutes,” she said.
“There would’ve been far more gas from the deodorant can which would’ve caused a far bigger explosion, one we most likely wouldn’t have escaped from it.”