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Fri May 1, 2020, 08:38 PM

Pig poops out a pedometer, starts a fire

Pig poops out a pedometer, starts a fire

By Mindy Weisberger - Senior Writer March 09, 2020

Copper in the battery sparked the pigpen blaze.

https://www.livescience.com/pig-stars-battery-fire.html

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The firebug (firehog?) had swallowed a pedometer worn by one of its fellow pigs to demonstrate that the animals were free range, the BBC reported.

But after the pig excreted the pedometer, copper in its battery sparked a flame in the pig dung and dried hay bedding on March 7 at approximately 2 p.m. local time, according to the BBC. The fire spread to cover about 807 square feet (75 square meters) of the farmyard before it was contained, according to The Independent.

Four pigpens caught fire at the farm, located near Leeds in the county of Yorkshire, and fire crews from nearby Tadcaster and Knaresbororough rushed in with hoses to "save the bacon," the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted on March 7.

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In Yorkshire, firefighters responded to a blaze that enveloped several pigpens at a local farm on March 7.(Image credit: Russell Jenkinson/North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue)

In recent years, lithium-ion batteries in personal devices such as cellphones and vape pens have spontaneously combusted, sometimes causing severe burns and even broken bones, Live Science previously reported.

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No animals were hurt in this event.

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Reply Pig poops out a pedometer, starts a fire (Original post)
marble falls May 2020 OP
underpants May 2020 #1
chia May 2020 #2
marble falls May 2020 #4
Thomas Hurt May 2020 #3
2naSalit May 2020 #5
eppur_se_muova May 2020 #6
marble falls May 2020 #7
eppur_se_muova May 2020 #8
marble falls May 2020 #9

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2020, 08:46 PM

1. Now THAT's a headline

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Fri May 1, 2020, 08:54 PM

2. Indeed it is



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Response to chia (Reply #2)

Fri May 1, 2020, 09:12 PM

4. And in a serious science journal!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2020, 09:09 PM

3. brings new meaning to the word shitfire...

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #3)

Fri May 1, 2020, 09:16 PM

5. Shit howdy, it does too!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2020, 11:10 PM

6. Um wait -- copper is a non-sparking metal.

That's why ammo casings are brass, and special beryllium-copper tools are used when working around fuels.

The battery could have caused an electrical spark, but that could have involved almost any conductor.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #6)

Fri May 1, 2020, 11:13 PM

7. No but it gets hot when it shorts a battery.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #7)

Fri May 1, 2020, 11:17 PM

8. Again, true of any conductor. Nothing to do with copper specifically. nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #8)

Fri May 1, 2020, 11:20 PM

9. .......

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