Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Why Cars Explode Into Fireballs And Why They Usually Don't

Why Cars Explode Into Fireballs And Why They Usually Don't  

Last week, noted journalist Michael Hastings was killed in a tragic and dramatic car crash that ended with his new Mercedes-Benz burning in a massive fireball. The intensity of the conflagration have made many people suspicious about the wreck. We asked our physicist.

Normally, we associate massive auto-wreck fireballs with movies and over-the-top effects. It seems to be pretty rare for real-world cars to go up in flames so dramatically, that hardly means it doesn't happen. Here's the full story on why and how cars explode from Jalopnik's on-call physicist, Dr. Stephen Granande:

For the rest of the story: http://jalopnik.com/why-cars-explode-into-fireballs-and-why-they-usually-do-560552028

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