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BANGKOK, Thailand — It looks like a little red dodgeball. But when tossed into a fire, it bursts open and douses the blaze with fire-retardant chemicals packed inside.
This is the future of fire extinguishers, says Thai inventor Phanawatnan Kaimart. His “Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball” is more intuitive than fire extinguishing spray tanks, he says, and requires only enough strength to toss a 3-pound ball.
“You just hurl it in and step back and then — poof! — it’s automatic,” Phanawatnan said.
The ball sells for about $82, the approximate price of a 10-pound canister-based fire extinguisher in the United States. The ball’s manufacturer, Siam Safety Premier, claims to have sold roughly 1 million balls since its 2001 release.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Causing an explosion in the middle of a fire sounds like a dangerous thing to do. Wouldn't blazing bits hurtle everywhere, causing further mayhem?