There is a young adult in the parish who decided that he wanted to start serving at the altar. Though this story is true, the names have been changed to protect the guilty. So let's just say his name is Raul.
Raul came to serve Tuesday night benediction last week. It was Raul's first experience with the thurible (or incense thingy.)
For some reason, the thurible that I though was in reasonably capabe hands kind of did this flip/explosion thing and burning hot embers shot out.
Anyway, of course Raul felt poorly so I let him in on some little known secrets.
There is a reason we no longer have a rug in the sanctuary at St. Sebastian.
After I got after the initial shock, I stomped on the embers as best I could because I had to get out on the sanctuary. All seemed Okay and safe at the moment.
Coming back in there was noticed a pungeant smell and smoke in the room. It hadn't gone out and was re-lighting! I dumped water in the floor.
So don't fret. Join the club kid.