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Tin helmet time? Spontaneous human combustion

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EdithWeston Fri 23-Sep-11 12:55:14

A court in Ireland has found spontaneous combustion to be the cause of death in thus case. The fire in the fireplace has been ruled out by experts, and no other trace of ignition found.

< assumes it wasn't space debris, as it was indoors >

mollschambers Fri 23-Sep-11 12:58:05

Call Mulder and Scully! (shows age)


But rare.


LeBOF Fri 23-Sep-11 13:00:54

Somebody tell Chaos that the investigators took a [SIOB] grin

Sidge Fri 23-Sep-11 13:01:32


I saw a fascinating documentary on spontaneous human combustion once. I believe they think something called the wick, or candle effect is a factor.

TheRhubarb Fri 23-Sep-11 13:01:52

static electricity.

Or too much Guinness and whisky the night before making his breath volatile.

I used to collect those supernatural magazines just to look at the pictures, there were a few spontaneous combustions in there. Quite impressive really, parts of the body were untouched and the rest was just ash, even the bones were burnt.

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 23-Sep-11 17:17:51

I saw the same documentary Sidge. The combustion isn't spontaneous but because of what's left behind after a body has slowly burned down (like a candle.. brrr...), it looks as though it has.

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