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Spontaneous Combustion Explained

Hang oily rags separately to dry properly

Hang oily rags separately to dry properly

When you hear about spontaneous combustion, the mind most likely first goes to the crazy stories about the man who burned to death in his chair, but his surroundings remained unaffected by the fire. This is called spontaneous human combustion, and there are some instances where certain variables were just right, and no other explanation could be made, but for the sake of chemistry and facts, we will be discussing self-heating oils and other materials that can in fact lead to a spontaneous explosion! Continue Reading