Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sugar can Kill!

No not just by increasing obesity or diabetes, sugar can explode and kill you. This week in Georgia raw sugar cane dust ignited and exploded leaving more than four dead.


Most people fear chemical plants not food plants and they don't realize that some of the most violent explosions occur in grain silos and food processing plants. One of my favorite demonstrations is a small explosion with plain old corn starch, KaPow!

4 comments:

Rob said...

Carbohydrates are energy! Have you ever seen a salami rocket? (And no, that is not JUST a lame pick up line)

Robin said...

I am frightened and intrigued but too chicken to google "salami rocket".....

Anonymous said...

The Mythbusters made a salami rocket. A fellow geek.

Carolyn said...

I had a friend who used to work in a sugar refinery. He said it was a massive fire trap. Who knew?