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A Miracle in Indiana

Law of Physics Turned Upside Down

AN AUTOMOBILE FIRE IN WAYNE COUNTY, Indiana, Sunday afternoon killed two of the four occupants who were unable to escape the burning vehicle.  The car was traveling along I-75 just after 3 pm when it caught fire inside the passenger compartment.  The driver pulled into the median and two of the passengers managed to bail out, but the other two were unable to escape and burned to death inside the car.

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WTHR-TV Indianapolis reports:

Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa confirmed that two people died after a car caught fire on I-70 Sunday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff the car was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 just west U.S. 35 intersection just after 3 p.m. Sunday when the car caught fire.

There were four occupants in the vehicle and one them was using oxygen. One of the other occupants lit a cigarette causing the oxygen to ignite.

While the horrible deaths of the two passengers is certainly noteworthy, the real news here is that after millions of years, this is the first time in history that oxygen, an inert a non-flammable gas, has ignited and burned.  While we can't really blame a sheriff for not knowing basic science, it's surprising that those layers of editors in the tv news room failed to catch this earth-shaking discovery.

Read the full story HERE.

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Comments - Add Yours

  • hmmmm

    Hmmmm, is really Oxygen an inert gas??? I think it is more than the journalists that needs to check their chemistry books.

    • firegeezer

      Point well taken!  Let’s refer to it as a non-flammable gas.  Thanks.

  • Guest

    The really sad and frustrating result of incompetent investigations and their inevitable scientifically impossible conclusions is that these “causes” are reported to the CPSC, state Fire Marshals, NFPA, NSC, NTSB and others who then used this flawed data to develop codes, laws, and standards that result in requirements to do things that dont benefit anyone. Remember the federal legisation to ban the manufacture and use of 5 gallon plastic buckets to prevent accidental child drowning? Or the federal legislation to install breathing quality air filtration at service stations (gasoline stations whose maximum pressure is normally 150 psig) so that people filling SCUBA tanks (typicall 1800-2250 psi) from that air supply will not get contaminated air. Yes that really is the result of incompetent investigations. It all costs us a lot of money and we get nothing in return.

  • rdwrpr

    The really sad and frustrating result of incompetent investigations and their inevitable scientifically impossible conclusions is that these “causes” are reported to the CPSC, state Fire Marshals, NFPA, NSC, NTSB and others who then used this flawed data to develop codes, laws, and standards that result in requirements to do things that dont benefit anyone. Remember the federal legisation to ban the manufacture and use of 5 gallon plastic buckets to prevent accidental child drowning? Or the federal legislation to install breathing quality air filtration at service stations (gasoline stations whose maximum pressure is normally 150 psig) so that people filling SCUBA tanks (typically 1800-2250 psi) from that air supply will not get contaminated air. Yes that really is the result of incompetent investigations. It all costs us a lot of money and we get absolutely nothing in return.

  • jesse w

    Oxygen “supports” combustion. The patient using oxygen saturates the upholstery and other interior bits of the car with oxygen. A cigarette would burn really fast that in Oxygen-saturated environment.

  • firefighter zero

    I would love to have you give a lecture to some of the guys that still believe that oxygen itself is flammable. They wont listen to me anymore.