Man blows up part of house in France while trying to swat fly

Làm nổ tung nhà trong khi đập ruồi

(SKY NEWS) – A man in France has accidentally blown up part of his house while trying to chase a fly with an electric swat.

(SKY NEWS) – Một người đàn ông ở Pháp đã vô tình làm nổ tung một phần căn nhà của mình khi đang cố gắng cầm một cây vợt điện đuổi theo một con ruồi.

The man, in his 80s, was eating his dinner on Friday evening when he became annoyed at a fly buzzing around him.

Người đàn ông này, vào khoảng 80 tuổi, cảm thấy bị làm phiền bởi tiếng ruồi vo ve xung quanh mình khi đang ăn tối hôm thứ Sáu.

He picked up the electronic fly swat and took aim at it, as he was unaware of a gas cylinder leaking at his home in the village of Parcoul-Chenaud in Dordogne.

Ông liền cầm lấy một cây vợt đập ruồi và nhắm vào nó, nhưng không biết là có một bình ga đang bị rò rỉ trong nhà mình, nằm trong ngôi làng Parcoul-Chenaud ở Dordogne.

A reaction occurred between the swat and the gas, causing an explosion and part of his kitchen to blow up.

Một phản ứng đã xảy ra giữa cây vợt và khí ga, gây ra một vụ nổ và khiến một phần của nhà bếp tan tành.

The blast also damaged a section of his roof and the house is currently uninhabitable.

Vụ nổ cũng phá hủy một mảng mái nhà và ngôi nhà hiện nay không còn ở được nữa.

Somehow the man managed to escape the catastrophe with just a burn to his hand.

Bằng cách nào đó, người đàn ông đã xoay sở để thoát ra khỏi tai nạn này và chỉ bị bỏng ở bàn tay.

His family are repairing the house while he resides at a local campsite, news outlet Sud Ouest reported.

Gia đình ông hiện đang sửa chữa lại ngôi nhà trong khi ông đang ở tạm tại một điểm cắm trại trong vùng, theo báo Sud Ouest.

It is unknown what happened to the fly.

Không ai biết được chuyện gì đã xảy ra với con ruồi.


*Vocabulary:

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1. blow up /bləʊ ʌp/ (phr v): to explode; to be destroyed by an explosion

E.g. A police officer was killed when his car blew up.

2. swat /swɑːt/ (v): to hit something, especially an insect, using your hand or a flat object

E.g. He was trying to swat a fly with a rolled-up newspaper.

→ swat (at something) /swɑːt/ (n): an act of hitting or trying to hit something, especially an insect, using your hand or a flat object

E.g. He gave the mosquito a swat.

→ swat /swɑːt/ = fly swatter /ˈflaɪ swɑːtər/ (n): a plastic tool with a handle, used to hit insects

E.g. I’ve been chasing a fly around the house with a fly swatter all morning.

3. accidentally /ˌæksɪˈdentəli/ (adv): by chance; in a way that was not planned

E.g. As I turned around, I accidentally hit him in the face.

4. chase /tʃeɪs/ (v):​ [transitive, intransitive] to run, drive, etc. after somebody/something in order to catch them or it

E.g. He chased after the burglar but couldn’t catch him.

5. electric /ɪˈlektrɪk/ (adj): [usually before noun] connected with electricity; using, produced by or producing electricity

E.g. The noise from his electric guitar was deafening.

→ electronic /ɪˌlekˈtrɑːnɪk/ (adj): [usually before noun] (of a device) having or using many small parts, such as microchips, that control and direct a small electric current

E.g. Airline passengers no longer have to turn off all electronic devices while on the plane.

6. annoyed (at/about something) /əˈnɔɪd/ (adj): [not usually before noun] slightly angry

E.g. He was annoyed at being caught in the wrong.

7. buzz /bʌz/ (v): ​[intransitive] (of a bee) to make a continuous low sound

E.g. Bees buzzed lazily among the flowers.

8. pick somebody/something <> up (phr v): to take hold of somebody/something and lift them/it up

E.g. She went over to the crying child and picked her up.

9. aim /eɪm/ (n): ​[uncountable, singular] the action or skill of pointing a weapon at somebody/something

E.g. The gunman took aim (= pointed his weapon) and fired.

10. unaware (of something) /ˌʌnəˈwer/ (adj): [not before noun] not knowing or realizing that something is happening or that something exists

E.g. I was completely unaware of the problem.

11. gas cylinder /ɡæs ˈsɪlɪndər/ (n): a large container for gas

E.g. One of the gas cylinders exploded.

12. leak /liːk/ (v):​ [intransitive, transitive] to allow liquid or gas to get in or out through a small hole

E.g. The tank had leaked a small amount of water.

13. reaction /riˈækʃn/ (n): [countable, uncountable] (chemistry) a chemical change produced by two or more substances acting on each other

E.g. To perform the test, add five drops of the solution to the compound and then observe the reaction.

14. occur /əˈkɜːr/ (v): (formal)​ [intransitive] to happen

E.g. The explosion occurred just after midday.

15. explosion /ɪkˈspləʊʒn/​ (n): [countable, uncountable] the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode

E.g. There were two loud explosions and then the building burst into flames.

16. blast /blæst/ (n):​ [countable] an explosion or a powerful movement of air caused by an explosion

E.g. 27 schoolchildren were injured in the blast.

17. damage /ˈdæmɪdʒ/ (v): to have a bad or harmful effect on something/somebody

E.g. The explosion badly damaged the boat.

18. roof /ruːf/ (plural roofs) (n): the structure that covers or forms the top of a building or vehicle

E.g. The roof of the car was not damaged in the accident.

19. uninhabitable /ˌʌnɪnˈhæbɪtəbl/ (adj): ​not fit to live in; impossible to live in

E.g. The building was totally uninhabitable.

20. somehow /ˈsʌmhaʊ/ (also North American English, informal someway, someways /ˈsʌmweɪ(z)/) (adv): in a way that is not known or certain

E.g. Somehow they managed to climb in through the bathroom window.

21. manage to escape /ˈmænɪdʒ tə ɪˈskeɪp/ (exp): succeed in escaping

E.g. She somehow managed to escape through the window.

22. catastrophe /kəˈtæstrəfi/ (n): a sudden event that causes many people to suffer

E.g. Early warnings of rising water levels prevented another major catastrophe.

23. burn (to something) /bɜːrn/​ (n): [countable] an injury or a mark caused by fire, heat or acid

E.g. He is recovering from burns to his face and hands.

24. reside /rɪˈzaɪd/ (v): [intransitive] (formal) to live in a particular place

E.g. He returned to Britain in 1939, having resided abroad for many years.

25. campsite /ˈkæmpsaɪt/ (also camping site /ˈkæmpɪŋ saɪt/) (both British English) (North American English campground /ˈkæmpɡraʊnd/) (n): a place where people on holiday can put up their tents, park their caravan, etc., often with toilets, water, etc.

E.g. You can buy maps and guides from campsites in the country areas.

26. news outlet /nuːz ˈaʊtlet/ (n): a newspaper, television company or other mass media which publishes news stories

E.g. He is the youngest national editor of a major news outlet.

27. unknown /ˌʌnˈnəʊn/ (adj):​ not known or identified

E.g. Police say the infant is in stable condition, but it is unknown if there are any head injuries at this time.

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