One of the biggest banes of my existence is laundry. Okay, it's not the actual laundry it's the washing, drying, folding, and putting away of the laundry. Notice I did not include sorting in the litany of items. I don't sort, all of my clothes are gray. I am good with that.

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What I am not good with is how clothes dryers don't do what their name implies they do. I know for our dryer, which is fairly new, it takes a couple of cycles to get the clothes totally clean. Sure, I have tried the laundry hacks that are available on social media and they help but still drying clothes is a pain.

But my pain is nothing compared to the pain of the individual whose load of laundry is featured in this video. As you can see, the setting is a typical laundromat or laundry room. There are coin-operated dryers and I am guessing washers in there too.

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You can see a man walking out of the facility while a dryer tumbles its load in the background. The gentleman in the video would qualify as "the luckiest SOB on the planet that day". Because what happens with the dryer in the background is totally unimaginable.

It all happens really fast too. You can see the dryer spinning, then the door pops open and seconds later the landscape around the laundry area is changed forever. That was an incredible explosion.

Many of the comments on the video @vidsthatgohard on Twitter speculated that the dryer was a gas dryer and flammable gas built up in the tumble drum. Others speculated that maybe the person washing their clothes had a vape pen, a battery, a nuclear warhead, or some other incendiary device in their pants pocket and that's what caused the explosion.

But whatever it was it was strong enough to blow down the front wall of the laundry room. You can see the glass wall crumble and collapse. It's a good thing the guy who just left had already left. Otherwise, we might be viewing this story from a totally different angle.

Dirty Laundry
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Perhaps we should all stop doing laundry until we get this exploding dryer thing sorted out? See, I am willing to sort some things but lights and darks, ain't nobody got time for that.

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