Like others, I've also stopped using glass carboys when brewing. I rack straight from the primary bucket to corny keg. But I still use them for mead sometimes because I prefer glass to plastic for long term aging.
I once had a similar experience with a carboy. I had just racked a mead to a 6 gallon carboy and went to grab the stopper. In the span of 10 seconds a stupid little gnat had gotten down in to the carboy. I was able to fish it out but had a slight concern for the mead. It was a little over 15% ABV, so I thought it would be fine. But just in case I added a little potassium metabisulfite. Now once meads have completely fermented out (like in this case), I use a solid stopper rather than an airlock. When I was taping up the stopper it just didn't register that the metabisulfite was going to release some gas.
It took a while, but about 2 weeks later that carboy broke right through the middle. I was in the garage which is connected to the basement and heard a loud pop, followed by gushing liquid. It took days to get everything cleaned up. I definitely feel for you jjflash.