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There was no fire, but the ground was hot enough in a Colorado Springs park to burn through an eight year old boy’s shoes and cause at least second degree burns on his feet. The boy went the hospital. His Crocs style shoes that were left behind have big holes with burned edges.
After the boy was treated and sent to the hospital firefighters took surface readings that showed hard to believe temperatures. According to Chief Matthews, "The highest temperature we got at the surface of the soil with the sun shining on it was 800 degrees, which is pretty darn significant. Radiant heat from the sun will get it up around 150, 160 degrees, but not to that level."
Originally posted by Areal51
reply to post by Unit541
That's interesting. It sounds plausible -- but only because coal is being mentioned. I really have no idea if that reason is possible or likely to occur. Hmm... I would like to see some evidence about how buried coal can be heated by the Sun to reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.