EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEXPLOSIVE BEANS?
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Woman Says Explosive Can Of Beans Injured Arm
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: May. 17, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: May. 17, 2012 6:27 PM EDT
Rand , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Kanawha County woman says she's just grateful her situation wasn't more serious, after a normal night of cooking got out of hand and out of control.
This is the story of a can of beans that packed quite a punch.
Renae Webb says she was cooking chili with a helping hand from her little girl. "We always cook together and she always likes to pop the tops of cans. And she was running slow trying to pop the cans," she said.
So Renae went to open a can of Luck's Pinto Beans when all of a sudden it exploded. "It shot across my kitchen, through my living room, and halfway down the hallway," said Webb. "If it would have been just two seconds sooner, she would have grabbed that can and popped it."
Renae says the beans were bubbling and the top flew off. She says the pressure awkwardly forced her arm backward.
"It felt like I had hit my whole arm on something and jammed it up, you know what I mean?"
She tore a few ligaments in her forearm but it was otherwise okay. Renae then called the Arizona Canning Company. "They're like, well it's a bad batch. Well how big is this batch? How many people have these beans in their house? It's a scary thought kind of," explained Webb.
Eyewitness News also called the company, and a customer representative blamed the issue on damage to the can's hermetic seal.
"If there's damage to it, it can cause a very small hole in the seam of the can which allowed air into the can to cause that explosive reaction. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does happen it does cause that," said Arizona Canning Company Representative, Nicole.
Renae says she doesn't want money, she just wants her medical bills paid. She she doesn't want there to be another victim. "I havent' asked the bean company for anything. I was just concerned. I mean, that was almost my daughter. What if it was somebody else," she said.
In the meantime, Renae says she has a new phobia to deal with.
"It traumatized me. I'm scared to death of cans."
The Arizona Canning Company says they plan on paying Renae's medical expenses, but they don't plan on a recall. They say customers need to check the cans for swelling or dents and use caution while opening them.
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