Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Can Humans Spontaneously Combust? 'Unexplained Files' Investigates

More than 200 supposed cases of spontaneous human combustion have been reported worldwide.

hand on fire 

In Galway, Ireland, 76-year-old Michael Faherty was found burned to death at his home in December 2010. 

The coroner concluded Faherty's death was a case of spontaneous human combustion — a human being catching fire with no apparent cause.

Can human bodies simply burst into flame without any external source of ignition? Or could there be a more mundane — and scientific — explanation for the phenomenon? The season finale of the Science Channel's.

"The Unexplained Files," airing Wednesday (Oct. 2) at 9 p.m. ET/PT, investigates this and other mysteries.

More than 200 cases of spontaneous human combustion have been reported around the world. Most involve a victim burning almost completely — although their extremities may remain intact — while their surroundings remain unburned. [Spooky! The 10 Biggest Unexplained Phenomena].
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