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Bad luck strikes whenever it pleases, and I’m sure that at some point or another, we’ve all had to deal with a bad day. Any number of things can happen, from spilling coffee on your clean white shirt, to dropping and breaking your phone as you rush for work or your card being inexplicably declined as you attempt to pay for dinner on your first date…

All are pretty unfortunate things to happen that can really put a damper on your day. But I can pretty much guarantee that none of those things compare to the awfulness of being an innocent bystander when a nearby septic truck decides to explode, showering all in the vicinity with a literal load of crap. Just ask those that were there in Hechi City, China, on December 26, when that very thing happened.

It all started out as any normal day at the shopping district in Hechi, a city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China. Workers manned their shops, girls dressed up for dates, friends met up to get a bite to eat, and people were enjoying strolls through the lively town when, without reason or warning, it all went to actual shit.

Stores, food stalls, and anyone unfortunate enough to be in the area were caught in the most unexpected and unwelcome downpour imaginable as a truck carrying an enormous septic tank exploded, gallons of urine and human poop flying through the air. Those who received a direct hit were pretty much covered from head to toe. There was literally nowhere to hide.

When photos of the aftermath were released, people found them too terrible to look at directly. A young man could be seen running from the carnage, covering his nose. A once bright red and yellow billboard in the background was spattered with a sickly greyish-brown, a man seen standing beneath it covered in the same. One media outlet commented that, “Even looking at it on the screen of my cell phone, I could still catch a faint stench.”

▼”Argh, it’s burning my lungs!”

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▼And you thought you were having a bad day…

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These photos came about from a net user who was reportedly at the scene and uploaded five photos from the incident to his Weibo account. With the photos he wrote, “Don’t say anything. I’ve already washed myself 48 times.”

It is still unclear what caused the septic tank to explode. But even if we knew, it probably wouldn’t make any of the people caught in the giant fecal blast feel any better.

Oddly enough, this isn’t the first case of its kind. Back in 2011 in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Providence in southern China, the pipe of a septic tank truck burst, showering a residential area with excrement.

“Live your life to the fullest,” commented the writer of one online news report, “because you never know when you might end up covered in human waste.”

I certainly couldn’t think of wiser words to live by.

Source: Yahoo! Japan News
Images: Weibo