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Re: How can an oxygen tank explode?

I wrote:

<< It can't, at least not without first pumping hydrogen or some other
combustible into the tank.

In the example given, the combustion, and therefore the explosion, occurred
outside the tank. >>

John S. Denker responded:

I don't claim to know exactly what happened in the incident Eric read
about, but here is something that could well have happened, and fits the

*) Person lights cigarette.
*) Oxygen turns smoldering cigarette into torch.
*) Cigarette is dropped, igniting upholstery.
*) Burning upholstery overheats oxygen cylinder.
*) Cylinder explodes.

I stand corrected. Thanks John.

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