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History of self-ignition Incidentally, the baby’s mother hails from Nedumozhiyanur which was in the news in 2004 after residents there complained their houses spontaneously burst into flames. Investigations revealed phosphorus stuffed in wet cow dung had been placed in the huts. When the dung dried up, phosphorus, which has a low ignition point, lit up, setting the huts on fire. Enmity between two groups had led to one party resorting to such acts to harm their rivals. At the time, there were also reports of animals going up in flames and it was found phosphorus had been rubbed on the animals too, causing them to go up in flames.
Originally posted by TheCrimsonGhost
I heard this reported tonight on talk radio and the host read it and reacted like he believed it... how dumb can people be... you folks arent seriously buying this are you? People spontaneously combusting? Y'all that are entertaining this as a possibility need to have your heads checked. The parents are surely involved if any of the story is true at all, but since there is no injury and no one but the parents have apparently witnessed this It's pretty safe to say, pics or it didn't happen.edit on 8/12/2013 by TheCrimsonGhost because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by elouina
reply to post by Rodinus
Well there you go. I knew some sort of accelerant was used. I figured on alcohol since they said there were no injuries. i thought maybe they put miniscule amounts on the baby which quickly extinguishes. But now that I see that photo, I see that it was likely something like the phosphorous. Did you notice that the face was spared?
Just an anecdotal story here... I once had a third degree burn. My skin repairs itself better than average. The burn marks are entirely gone. Totally normal skin. All of my scars go away actually. When I was young I even practiced the art of fire eating. You have to tuck your hair behind your ears though... Singe... And no the burn was not from the fire eating, I never got hurt from that.
edit on 13-8-2013 by elouina because: (no reason given)