Pennsylvania Man Trying To Scare Off Opossums Burns His House Down Instead

Technically, it did the trick.

Tommy Gimlerby Tommy Gimler
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If you’ve ever come within a few feet of an opossum, then you know that they’re pretty harmless. I mean, their number one defense mechanism is to act like they’re dead, for Christ’s sake.

Well, according to Yahoo! News, a Lancaster man didn’t see it that way and decided the only way he could scare off the varmints on his property was to build a fire and use the smoke from it as a deterrent.

Yeah, that didn’t go very well. Cue the fire department.

Pennsylvania Man Tries Scaring Opossums By Burning His House Down

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Photo: Robert R. Devonshire / Lancaster Online

Authorities said the man used butane to light a pile of leaves in his backyard, but the fire got out of control and eventually spread to the poor guy’s house. The city fire marshal said the building has since been condemned, but the embarrassment for the guy didn’t stop there, as his inability to take care of an opossum like a grown-up also led to one firefighter being admitted to the hospital for a shoulder injury.

Local officials said the man also had a problem with bees on his property, but yeah, not anymore.

Our guess is that there are much better ways to deal with gators than this: Guy Yells “F**K That Alligator,” Immediately Gets Eaten By Alligator