Mil­i­tary is­sues safety no­tice af­ter Port-a-Pottie prank

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

CFB GAGE­TOWN, N.B. (CP) — It sounds like a comic sketch from MASH, but the Cana­dian Forces have is­sued a warn­ing af­ter some­one blew up a Port-a-Pottie.

In De­cem­ber, an am­mu­ni­tion pla­toon from Cana­dian Forces Base Gage­town in New Brunswick was called in to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter some­one lev­elled a la­trine with a py­rotech­nic used to sim­u­late the flash and bang of ar­tillery or mor­tar fire.

The safety no­tice says the “Arty-Sims”— as they are known to sol­diers — should only be used at a safe dis­tance, and never within a con­fined space.

It says for­tu­nately for the “fool or fools” who threw the sim­u­la­tor, no one was in­side the Port-a-Pottie at the time and no one was hurt.

But the toi­let was to­talled, cost­ing the Forces about $800 to re­place.

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