HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND: A huge explosion shook many buildings in the city centre today, scattering tens of shoppers running for their lives. Police and fire crews were alerted and investigations soon led them to the cause.
It is believed that a man (who did not wish to be identified), purchased what he was led to believe to be a fine pair of trousers from a car boot fair (garage sale to readers in USA) this morning. In the extraordinary tale, the trousers were sold under as new designer brand "Emperors".
The "Emperors" new trousers were in fact M & S rejects that were removed from a dustbin belonging to Jeremy Pantsman in the village of Greater Bighampton, Dorset. They were then remanufactured by sewing them into the lining of Chino's - a preferred attire of golfers worldwide.
"Emperors" claimed to have extra ballroom which appealed to the man who would often carry with him extras on the fairway.
Unfortunately, when he tried them on, the trousers exploded! Scientists believe the explosion was caused by a chemical reaction between the mans' bodily fluids and the Polish washing powder used in the laundering process.
Health & Safety and Department of fair trading officials have issued a warning to anyone who has bought any "Emperors New Clothes", NOT to wear them as they can cause death or serious injury.