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Don’t Weed Your Garden with a Blowtorch

Randy Velthuizen of Everson, Washington, used a blowtorch to get rid of some weeds in his flowerbed. He’s used the method before.

“It kills it better,” Velthuizen said of using a blowtorch to get rid of the weeds. “They don’t come back for a long time.”

But this time, it didn’t turn out so well. About a half-hour after completing his chore on Monday, he smelled smoke and called 911. Firefighters responded and were able to extinguish the fire. However, half of Velthuizen’s 120-year-old home was destroyed and the other half is smoke-damaged. Whatcom County Fire Marshal Mitch Nolze said there will be no charges against Velthuizen, as the fire was an accident.  -via Arbroath

(Unrelated image credit: Dmitry G)

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