Did rocks spontaneously ignite in woman's pocket?
Tests underway to determine what caused fire
- Duration 4:32
- Date May 17, 2012
Tests underway to determine what caused fire
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Tests are underway in California right now to determine if rocks.
Ignited a in a woman's pocket.
This woman is in the hospital now she is second and third degree burns after she says that the rocks that she picked up while walking on the beach which put them in her pocket.
And then they later caught fire in her pockets officials are -- saying that they are trying to figure out what happened.
According to witnesses she actually had flames coming off for for shorts so we're still unsure of what caused the actual fire.
We do you know that she just had the rocks in her pocket.
That the rocks being tested as we speak with George Tenet health -- agency.
Those are courthouse here -- it was called an island something's bizarre -- editor of chief.
I Discover Magazine -- -- -- -- and -- Lester today yeah I mean what what what what could explain.
Well also well -- -- fire departments investigating.
We can do our own investigation right here.
The -- and -- three kinds of answers one is sometimes people just do stupid things that are hard to detect so it's possible this woman had.
You know a lighter or have or can't stern or that in a pocket it -- you know it it be a spark from the -- and ignited it.
When she was when she dropped and rolled and rolled away in the fire department didn't see it.
So could be something as simple as that but there are four or.
Another possibility is -- on the beach and you're saying commentary which is not far from there's a military base there is also shoot at firing range there.
That's possible she picked up an unexploded shell along with the rocks and -- -- -- this.
Percent of all of those two involves something else that would ignite.
Next to the rocks that caused the actual explosion but their -- also scenario hasn't let it be Xbox themselves.
Could actually be explosive right.
That's that's scenario number three while we're going through our -- I would detective process.
So there -- reports indicated that these box contained phosphorus.
Phosphorus is and is this is a natural element that can spontaneously combustion it can person to -- an air.
It's possible that she picked up several phosphorus rocks they happen to -- together.
In her pocket and create phosphorus dust.
And dusk and the -- and then burst into flame -- be really weird that has -- to just be lying around on the beach not reacting but maybe she's just haven't really thought.
The senate is hot out there is back today.
Me -- more -- -- they were.
If they were if they -- drive in turn kind of powdery and then maybe she was jogging on the beach or something they jostled and you can -- -- in her pocket.
That would be so -- -- that that is the weirdest many scariest possibility is that this is genuine spontaneous combustion of those rocks.
I -- also make uninteresting point about the first trips to the moon.
And that they are so many components or are present in all of the rocks on earth and and and the man that could possibly be combustible illustrate that the moon.
Might explode a -- is of them could explode with -- -- there.
Yes and this is that was one of the first things I thought about when I heard the story is better I remembered early in the days of the Apollo program.
There were some serious scientists who said it that.
-- -- it like like the you know there's some rocks on earth.
They can burst into flames it doesn't normally happen because there's oxygen in the air anything that could burn would have burned along time ago on the moon there's no air and so there was a real fear that isn't the entire moon was sort of a tinderbox just waiting for a spark.
The pot -- would it bring a bag of rocks -- into their into the Apollo capsule.
Expose -- to air and the whole thing of course and the flames and people were kind of crossing their fingers when we when we landed.
They thought it was unlikely but nobody really knew if that was true.
Now that's fascinating so.
Yes I mean this seems like such a freak accident happened it was -- that we hope is doing better -- absolutely very bad burns and I think there has -- also does he he went to help her as he -- her shorts -- Flaming is such a bizarre story isn't any need to did it to prevent this from happening which is not pick up -- on the beach all the time citing lines pretty ones -- -- -- that.
Well actually I'll tell you there are things you should be -- -- upcoming not so much rocks but spontaneous combustion is real and does happen all the time.
If you have a giant stack of all magazines or newspapers in -- In your garage for instance they can actually burst into flame a large compost pile -- -- -- -- -- here's my favorite weird one if you like pistachio nuts.
Do not keep a large can of all pistachio nuts lying around this session that's a spontaneous combustion cars they can they can just.
-- you know you could start a fire in your garage or in your pantry.
Well so that's good to nazism there -- some -- particular -- the old -- just asking us.
All the time to clean up the pantry thank you -- has -- Gary keep -- -- -- -- -- --