Experiments

Bug Bombs

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Exploding House"
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Finding: CONFIRMED

Explanation: MythBusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage proved that setting off a bug bomb in your house can get rid of more than roaches. The pesticides can actually blow away your entire house. In California alone, at least a couple of people set off destructive bug bomb blasts each year, and the MythBusters demonstrated how those explosive scenarios can take place.

Jamie and Adam rigged a 500-square-foot house with a variety of ignition sources, including a pilot light, thermostat, water heater and stove igniter. Then, they littered the shack with 12 bug bombs, or 10 times the manufacturer's recommendation.

Sure enough, when the aerosol bombs discharged, the propellant gas reacted with the ignition sources and sparked multiple explosions. The MythBusters' bombed-out bungalow confirmed that manufacturer warnings exist for good reason. Fail to follow the directions, and your house could kick the bucket along with those bugs.

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