Another submission for Quote Hell:

According to the medical examiner’s reconstruction of the events that caused the young man’s death, [the victim] had been heating the lamp on the kitchen stove and likely had been standing in front of it when it exploded, then stumbled into his bedroom and died.

“Why on earth he was heating a lava lamp on the stove, we don’t know,” said Kent Police spokesman Paul Petersen.

You know how on TV cop shows there’s always that grizzled veteran cop who’s “seen it all” and brings the young, idealistic detectives back down to earth with wild tales of his days as a beat cop? Do you suppose Kent Police spokesman Paul Petersen is now that veteran cop, dropping the jaws of young recruits with the story of the man who was killed by a lava lamp?

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