A man strolling the streets of Amsterdam received minor injuries yesterday when an underground public toilet burst through the footpath like a rocket.
The toilet blasted upwards with such force it tossed a moped into the air, which appears to have struck the man. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular tourist cities but nobody else in the street was hurt.
The BBC reported that the victim was being treated in hospital for minor injuries.
UriLift public urinals are a feature of central areas of Amsterdam, emerging from their underground silos at night to tempt men away from urinating in the streets. The hydraulic toilets are remotely triggered to rise like apparitions from their subterranean dwelling places.
They are not designed to fly out like pistons, which suggests the one in Amsterdam may have malfunctioned or been sabotaged.
Witnesses nearby reported hearing a loud bang at the time, the BBC said.
A witness tweeted an image of the aftermath, writing: “Literally just walked past this explosion about two minutes before. Feeling lucky.”
Civic authorities are probing the unexpected eruption of the subterranean urinal. They will report back next week.
Written by Peter Needham