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Old 08-16-2007, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Arlington School District will spend $200,000 to replace wood chips with pea gravel at 35 playgrounds after a fire in which spontaneous combustion of the wood fiber was blamed, the superintendent said.

Surveillance video showed that nobody was around to start the fire at an elementary school playground last week, officials said.

The fire melted the plastic and metal equipment, causing $35,000 in damage, reported KXAS-TV in Dallas.

Spontaneous Fire Burns Playground - News Story - WSMV Nashville
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:30 PM
 
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You might want to explore some of the growing volume of articles and videos that are coming out by people who witness this phenomena that is happening in many places throughout the planet these days. Some think it has something to do with plasma discharges in the atmosphere, others are blaming it on the use of particle beam weapons from satellites and drones. It gets quite interesting, but if you are easily frightened you might want to elect to pass on this very deep rabbit hole of conspiracies.

https://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/...ter/1413724860
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:16 AM
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Location: Greenville, SC
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A lot of things can generate enough heat to cause a spontaneous fire: mulch, compost, oily rags.

https://www.wyff4.com/article/can-mu...-fire/22350000
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/com...post-piles.htm
https://cultureofsafety.thesilverlin...-of-oily-rags/

The article from WSMV Nashville is nowhere on their site, and I've been unable to find any other linkst to it.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:43 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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A lot of things can generate enough heat to cause a spontaneous fire: mulch, compost, oily rags.

https://www.wyff4.com/article/can-mu...-fire/22350000
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/com...post-piles.htm
https://cultureofsafety.thesilverlin...-of-oily-rags/

The article from WSMV Nashville is nowhere on their site, and I've been unable to find any other linkst to it.
"Page not found" after clicking on the link.

From one of your links:

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GREENVILLE, S.C. —
An image posted on an Upstate Facebook page Tuesday showing a house fire caused by the spontaneous combustion of landscaping mulch has led to a lot of questions
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Science, technology and news site RedOrbit.com, based in Nashville, Tenn., reported on the spontaneous combustion of mulch in August 2007, after wood chips on an Arlington, Texas playground burst into flames.

School officials said 99 degree temperatures caused the mulch to spontaneously combust.
This type of incident should become more common, as the climate warms.
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Old 05-03-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Gallup, NM
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This type of incident should become more common, as the climate warms.
I completely agree.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:31 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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This type of incident should become more common, as the climate warms.
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I completely agree.
Sorry. The laws of chemistry won't change if we are in an actual period of climate change. They certainly never changed during any of the previous millions of climate changes that have occurred since this planet came into existence 4.5 billion years ago.
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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A lot of things can generate enough heat to cause a spontaneous fire: mulch, compost, oily rags.

https://www.wyff4.com/article/can-mu...-fire/22350000
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/com...post-piles.htm
https://cultureofsafety.thesilverlin...-of-oily-rags/

The article from WSMV Nashville is nowhere on their site, and I've been unable to find any other linkst to it.
The original post was from 2007 so that explains why it's no longer on the WSMV site.

I've seen sawdust piles, and even log piles, that have to be continuously watered to keep them from spontaneously combusting. It's possible that the mulch was already burning when it was delivered (I find that unlikely however).
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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The original post was from 2007 so that explains why it's no longer on the WSMV site.

I've seen sawdust piles, and even log piles, that have to be continuously watered to keep them from spontaneously combusting. It's possible that the mulch was already burning when it was delivered (I find that unlikely however).
From what I have seen and asked about; wetting logs has more to do with three different factors: It prevents the logs from splitting, it acts as an insecticide, and it makes the logs easier to cut: Why Would you wet down logs in Sawmills and Milling.

I think one issue that has not been addressed with spontaneous combustion is the outside temperature. For a fire you need three elements: heat, oxygen and some ignition source. The deep South has experienced very high temperatures and when combined with the heat of decomposition; could cross that line of an ignition source.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:00 PM
 
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Definitely needs a spark. I once drove a car with a leaking fuel injector for a couple of days. No fire because there was no spark to cause the fuel to burn.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Definitely needs a spark. I once drove a car with a leaking fuel injector for a couple of days. No fire because there was no spark to cause the fuel to burn.
I was running two Carter AFB's on top of a V-8 in a 55 Chevy and blew a fuel line. Have you ever smelled boiling gasoline? I don't know why it didn't explode. I shut it down and carefully opened the hood. There was a lake of boiling fuel on the intake manifold. I was surprised the distributer did not touch it off - just lucky.
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