News Briefs: Portable Restroom Explodes in Florida, Killing Occupant

News Briefs: Portable Restroom Explodes in Florida, Killing Occupant

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A body was found after a portable restroom first caught fire and then exploded in St. Augustine, Florida, in September. The restroom was located at a home construction site, and the 62-year-old woman killed while using the restroom lived down the street. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, but foul play has been ruled out, reports the Florida Times-Union.


O’FALLON, Mo. — A workplace accident led to the death of one employee at R&R Contracting and Sanitation in O’Fallon, Missouri, according to KMOV TV-4.

“Workers arrived on scene here at R&R and discovered a co-worker unresponsive, some type of work-related accident," says O'Fallon police officer Tony Michalka. "We responded on scene and attempted life-saving measures; however, the individual was pronounced deceased here on scene.” 

The cause of death and the nature of the accident is still under investigation.


MINNEAPOLIS — With only 29 public restrooms currently in the downtown area and an aim to boost that number to 100, the city of Minneapolis has partnered with the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District to launch the 100 Restrooms Project. 

“For a number of years, we've heard complaints from people that not being able to find a restroom makes for a less positive experience downtown and we wanted to do something about that,” says Ben Shardlow, director of urban design for the Downtown Improvement District. 

While still in its infancy, the project has already placed three portable restrooms as a stopgap measure and more may be in the cards.

Source: KARE TV-11


VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA — A portable restroom operator recently removed two public portable restrooms in downtown Vernon, British Columbia, after a company service driver was threatened with needles. The operator notified the city of the removal and its reasoning. A nearby social services center appealed to the city to replace the units, stating that the center has become overrun with requests to use the restroom. However, the City Council voted 4-3 against replacing the unit with those voting against replacement voicing concerns about safety.

Source: Global News 



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