Woman sues Tarpon Springs over exploding toilet

Posted at 11:19 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 06:43:49-05

"Well you can't tell the story without smiling because everybody thinks its so unreal," said Anne Burson.

But for Burson, the moment the toilet at Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary school exploded was real and serious.

"I flush the toilet and took one step and it blew out," said Burson. "Pieces of shrapnel were flying around the room, and the first thing you do is close eyes, turn your head and duck."

It all happened in 2012. Burson was the librarian at the time and believed she had avoided the majority of the porcelain projectiles.

"Everybody was running toward me and I said I'm ok, I'm ok, and then I turned around and their were all these blood drops on the floor," said Burson.

According to the lawsuit filed last week, the city was working on the schools water lines that day. Somehow the pressure build up led to the side of the toilet blowing out. The city is not commenting due to the pending lawsuit.

She's says the city should take responsibility for the pain and suffering the accident caused.

"It was like a big smiley face, and then they stitched it all up," said Burson pointing at the large scar just above her ankle.

A piece of porcelain had driven itself into Burson's leg. It soon became infected with a form of Tuberculosis. Doctors feared if it wasn't treated immediately she could lose her leg completely.

"For six months I had to take three really strong antibiotics," said Burson.

Now healthy, Burson hopes the lawsuit will keep this from happening to anyone else.

"Thank goodness it wasn't a kid, a kid could have been hurt a whole lot worse,"