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A bomb is about to go off while the hero is indoors. Where does he find refuge? Usually, either the bathtub or the fridge. Think about it as a completely different kind of Fridge Logic. This has been tested by Myth Busters. Even taking cover behind a wooden table at 5' will prevent instantaneous death from the pressure wave, though death by shrapnel or other injuries are still on the table. For a similar fallacy, see Concealment Equals Cover.

If the explosive device is small, such as a hand grenade, the hero can throw it in a fridge. This has been tried by Myth Busters as well, and proved to be at least partially false: while the sides of the fridge offer some protection, the front and back will just turn into so much deadly shrapnel.

See also Bomb Disposal.

Examples of Bombproof Appliance include:


Live Action TV

  • Malcolm stuffs a grenade into the fridge in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle. However, it does end up destroying the kitchen anyways.
  • So does Adrian Monk in an episode of Monk then opens up the fridge again to straighten the grenade. Myth Busters showed a clip of Monk and investigated the myth. They proved that the fridge offered some protection against the blast, but the front and back turn to deadly shrapnel.
  • On one NCIS, Gibbs survives a bomb blast that shredded the other person in the room because he was crouched down behind an industrial washing machine. Although he is seriously injured, the doctors conclude that the washer is the only thing that kept him from being killed.
  • In F/X: The Series, the good guys find the bomb inside the fridge, and stuff it in a cannon prop to direct the blast away from themselves.
  • The ol' cast-iron bathtub is used again in Castle, where it also serves as a Chekhov's Gun: a seemingly gratuitous Shower Scene establishes that Beckett is within diving distance of the tub.
  • Spooks. A briefcase bomb is delivered to the home of an SIS agent, but a malfunction in the security system prevents the family from leaving the house. In the end they take shelter in the bathtub and survive the Cliff Hanger explosion that apparently destroys the house.
  • Inverted in Bones, where it's the bomb that's in the fridge instead of the heroes (Booth and Brennan)and it goes off when Booth opens the door.


  • Subverted in one short story where a child during the Cold War hears jetfighters flying low overhead and assumes that a nuclear war has started. He hides in an abandoned fridge and gets trapped there.

Video Games

  • Heavy Rain. A bomb-analogue is about to go off in an apartment, and you can choose to hide in a fridge. It works. And you get a trophy for doing it.

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • In Batman the Animated Series, Batman once hid in a safe. Even the Riddler couldn't figure this stunt out and was nearly driven insane by it.
  • Obligatory The Simpsons example: when Homer buys illegal fireworks for the 4th of July, he accidentally shortens the fuse of an already-lit, massive one. He initially shoves it into the fridge, but then gasps, realising that the beer would be destroyed, so he moved it into the dishwasher, where it detonated.

Real Life

  • There are bombproof trashcans. Apparently to be placed in sports stadiums to minimize the damage caused by terrorists placing bombs in trashcans. These were common in Ireland during the Troubles. The design worked by focusing the blast upward, away from people, instead of trying to contain it.
    • Similarly, something you might include when digging a foxhole or some similar defensive fighting position is a Grenade Sump. It's a deep, narrow hole in the middle of your foxhole, working on the same principle as the bombproof trashcan. Bad guy tosses a grenade in your foxhole, you kick it into the hole. (Then hug the wall.)
  • There are also blast-proof refrigerators, used for storing volatile chemicals that may blow up even when refrigerated. [1]
  • In the 1980's, the US Air Force bought and installed a $7,000 coffee maker on a jet. The reason the coffee maker cost that much? It was designed to withstand a crash that would wipe out the whole crew. In addition, the Air Force also has over a hundred fax machines that are built to survive an atomic bomb blast.
  • Bathtubs USED to be made out of heavy cast iron. If you're dealing with handgun fire or shrapnel/fragmentation and you jump into one of those tubs, you're golden. If you dealing with rifle fire... it can get dicey.
    • Makes a great backup option in case of tornado. Naturally a cellar is a better choice, but if it's a cast-iron tub or nothing, rub-a-dub-dub.


  1. Also the electrical system does not produce sparks that would ignite flammable vapors inside the fridge. Storing flamables near any fridge is a bad idea.
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