Man thought to have died by lightning strike literally blows up at cremation from real cause of death

December 17, 2008

It didn’t take a CSI investigation to find that the cause of death of a Chinese man was wrong. The body of Wang Diange, from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, was recovered in the wreckage of a house where he had been overseeing the wake of a previous family funeral. It was originally thought the house had been struck by lightning killing Diange as it was raining and thundery, and mourners felt a loud explosion which took off half the roof.

The police came to the same conclusion. after Mr Diange’s own funeral his body was being put into the cremation chamber, when it blew up spectacularly, bursting the doors off the oven. When the fire had been put out, the only clue as to what had happened was a small twisted piece of metal, which seemed to be the glowing remnants of a screw. At first, local metallurgists were unable to determine what it was, though they noted it bore a military serial number. After a lengthy investigation, however, it was suggested it might be part of a shell casing.

Inquiries revealed that the rainfall on the day of the original disaster was triggered by the local weather bureau, which had been firing shells into the atmosphere to break up hail in order to protect the local tobacco crop. Inside the shells were silver iodide, a chemical that helps to break up hail into rain. The local weather bureau, own investigators concluded that one shell must have failed to explode, hit the house, and lodged in Mr Wang’s body. There it passed unnoticed because of his extensive injuries, according to local newspaper reports. As a result, and three years after Mr Wang died, his family have now received 80,000 yuan, which is $11,600.00 US in compensation from the weather bureau.


3 Responses to “Man thought to have died by lightning strike literally blows up at cremation from real cause of death”

  1. Stranger on December 17th, 2008 10:48 am

    I guess one of the unfortunate side effects in trying to control the weather to benefit crops and commerce is killing people. Hmm. Well as long as the weather bureau can afford that measly cost ($11,600 !!) of “doing business” I guess it’s okay. Hey, what’s a little collateral damage as long as the tobacco is safe, right?

  2. Markey on December 17th, 2008 10:51 am

    Wicked story!

  3. Mahouteki on January 30th, 2009 6:24 am

    I would have expected quite a bit more compensation than that.

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