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Torch-a cautionary tale


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Recently here in Philadelphia there was an explosion in which a car
was obliterated and a man was seriously injured. At first the
authorities suspected a car bomb, but on investigation they found out
that the car’s owner was carrying a tank of acetylene in the trunk,
having just gotten it filled. He parked the car on the street and went
to do some errands. The tank had a small leak, and acetylene escaped
into the car. When he returned to his car and opened the door, the
car’s dome light gave off enough of a spark to ignite the acetylene
and blow his car to bits.

Janet Kofoed