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Old 05-22-2013, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Do you think Spontaneous Human Combustion is possible? I mean the type where there is no outside source causing the fires, something completely physiological.

I'm not completely sure where I stand on this myself. If it is real (the physiological one that is), I'd say it's very rare. However, I do know that the human body is composed of reactive elements. I also know that there are chemicals found in urine that used to be used in gunpowder. According to the WiseGEEK website, urine has been used as a source for a compound called saltpeter which is very explosive. I'm wondering if some combination of these factors or some other type of circumstances in the body could cause a reaction similar to SHC?
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:22 PM
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Location: Brooklyn,NY
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I think it is possible, Though rare and several factors would have to align just right. The fire burns very hot and fast where objects nearby are unscathed. This is very unusual.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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Check out these: the subject has been discussed ad nauseam:

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Old 05-27-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the Med
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I believe it exists, though highly, highly improbable
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