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30 Things in Your House That Could Explode

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11. Natural gas

It’s worth noting that anything, including your house, that uses natural gas can potentially become a bomb.

12. Soda bottles

Explode when shaken too much, particularly when dropped during excessive shaking.

13. Wood stove

Numerous homeowners have blamed backdrafting (which provides oxygen) and unburned gasses (which newer stoves are designed to prevent) as the causes of minor explosions that can fill the room with dust and ash.

14. Non-oven-safe glass containers used in the oven or microwave

Looks like you’re eating out after all.

15. Boilers

Hot water boilers have TPR valves just like water heaters. Good thing to test periodically.

16. Portable propane tank (for barbecue grill)

Carelessness can turn your meal of seared tuna into a summer on a seared patio.

17. Flour

Boring, old baking flour is highly flammable and has the potential for explosive flare-ups.

18. Botulism-tainted canned food

A bloated can (or jar) is bad. An exploded can is much, much worse.

19. Carpenter ants

The next time you’re at a dinner party in Southeast Asia, you can wow the other guests with your knowledge of nine species of local carpenter ants that can literally blow themselves up to kill their rivals.

20. Water and hot oil

You never see this on TV cooking shows, but many a home chef knows the sting (and sound) of water droplets hitting a pan of hot oil.

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4:28PM PST on Dec 3, 2014


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10:55AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Thank you for the article, but now I'm more terrified than ever!

8:00PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thank you for the list. I had never heard of mentos and diet coke?

One good tip is in storing old used batteries (B,C,D) is to put a piece of black tape across the ends, if stored in a container that can be bumped or in a bag, they eventually build up heat if ends are touching each other, and they will smoke and eventually end up with a fire. Someone almost lost their whole house, when storing these batteries in a bag in the garage. Do not wait until you have a lot of them if you do not use that thicker black tape. (for electrical?) They are not supposed to be put in the garbage. There are places where you can take them.

8:41PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

I knew most of these and have even experienced a few. Didn't know about exploding pumpkins, though. Sounds like a music group. Oh wait .... that's Smashing Pumpkins:, I think I like Exploding Pumpkins better.

6:39AM PST on Dec 23, 2013

Shared, thanks.

8:34PM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

I am afraid to move from my chair. HELP!!!!!

8:09PM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

Mentos and Diet Coke 0_o Never heard of that one....

5:12PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

I must be sick--I found some of these hilarious!

7:20AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013


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