That's some serious s**t (pun intended).
Kidding aside, it sounds to me like someone who wanted a free ride for the rest of his life.
From the article:
“When I struck the lighter, the whole thing just detonated — the whole top blew off,” said Jenkins, a methane power plant operator with North West Fuels Development Inc.
C'mon, the guy is a methane power plant operator, and he did not know that what he was doing could be dangerous? You can't just wait till after you take a dump to have your cig?