I’m writing a true crime fiction (I think that’s the genre) story about a serial killer known as “The Electric Eel.” Their M.O. is targeting victims while they’re in water and electrocuting them. Prior to becoming a murderer, they were an electrician working on power lines. A storm was brewing one day, but their employer assured them there was nothing to worry about. This negligence led to EE getting struck by lightning, and in turn, hospitalized for several months. After being discharged from recovery, they tried returning to work, but found they had developed a tremor from the shock, hindering their job performance. EE’s employer lets them go because of this, to which EE threatens to sue the company for compensation. However, the workers’ union betrays EE and sides with the company instead, saying that the employer had warned EE not to go onto the power lines due to the weather, but EE didn’t listen and went anyway. In retaliation, EE plans to show up at one of the union’s warehouse meetings, flood the building, and electrocute the workers while they’re in water.
Okay, so for the warehouse, I’m thinking the floor would be 35x45 feet, with the distance from the floor to the ceiling being 25 feet. I don’t know if there’s a name for this style of building, but I was thinking the bottom of the building would be underground, with the front door leading to an open staircase that goes down to the floor, all within a single room. From inside, the windows will be high up on the walls, far out of human reach, but from the outside, a person can peer into them and look down below. I know there a greenhouses that are designed like this, although I’m not sure if there’s a specific name.
Near the back open staircase, which goes up to the exit door on the back of the building, there’s a hydrant manifold which provides the building’s pipes with a flowing supply of water. This is where EE will get the water to flood the building. They will take a sharp metal hook and jab it into the manifold, puncturing the pipes, and then drag it across the adjacent pipes on the manifold, causing water to come violently spurting out. EE runs up the back stairs, goes out the exit, and locks the doors so no one inside can escape. Eventually, every one is submerged roughly waist-deep in water when the water finally runs out. The people inside are relieved, thinking EE’s plan was to drown them in water. But then long black eel-like wires come dropping down from the high up windows, electrocuting everyone when they finally come in contact with the water.
How much water would be needed to flow through a 35x45x25’ building? Would it be enough to submerge the people waist-deep? I’ve tried making most of the characters around the 5’5”-5’10” range just to make sure.
At what rate would water come pouring out of the manifolds? I’m thinking of the way a fire hydrant will flood an entire street once it’s cracked open. Just want an estimate to see how long it would take for the water to empty out of the pipes on the wall.
What material would a pipe need to be made out of to be punctured by a metal hook? I know if the manifold is also made of steel, it’s probably not gonna work well, so are there any materials strong enough to hold flowing water, but weak enough to be broken by a sharp hook?