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Stop Throwing Cellphone Batteries in the Trash, You're Firebombing Garbage Trucks Stop Throwing Cellphone Batteries in the Trash, You're Firebombing Garbage Trucks

It can be difficult to figure out what to do with your old electronics when you’re ready to move on from them, but here is one thing you should definitely not do: throw them in the trash. Discarded devices powered by lithium-ion batteries are basically fire bombs waiting to explode on unsuspecting sanitation workers.

Study: That Airbnb You're Staying in Might Be a Fiery Death Trap Study: That Airbnb You're Staying in Might Be a Fiery Death Trap

Before you book your next stay in an Airbnb, check to make sure it doesn’t run the risk of becoming a blazing hot inferno that will lead to your untimely demise. A study published in the journal Injury Prevention found an alarming number of Airbnb venues lack basic safety protections that are required of hotels and…

Trump Tower Fire That Killed Tenant Resulted From Power Strips Plugged Into Each Other, FDNY Says Trump Tower Fire That Killed Tenant Resulted From Power Strips Plugged Into Each Other, FDNY Says

The fire that raged through President Donald Trump’s famous New York skyscraper and headquarters, Trump Tower, and killed residential tenant Todd Brassner on April 7th appears to have been the result of too many power strips, the New York Fire Department said on Monday.

Fire-Detecting Wallpaper Turns Entire Rooms Into a Better Smoke Detector

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and that’s how most alarm systems are able to detect and warn of trouble. But Chinese researchers have developed a new kind of wallpaper, using ingredients found in bones and teeth, that sounds the alarm when heat and flames are detected, turning every wall in a room into a potential…

Musk's Flamethrower Looks Like a Toddler's Toy Next to This Jet-Powered Fire Tornado Cannon

If you weren’t able to scrape together $500 to buy Elon Musk’s fund-raising flamethrower, YouTube’s Jairus of All has a cheaper, DIY alternative that instead spews a massive spinning tornado of fire using a pair of ducted fans and a tank of liquid propane worn as a backpack.

Trump Tower Caught on Fire, With One Death Reported [Updated] Trump Tower Caught on Fire, With One Death Reported [Updated]

Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s midtown Manhattan skyscraper, caught on fire on Saturday.

Man Spends Months Building a Giant Sphere of Matches and Then Spectacularly Sets It on Fire

If you glue two matches together, you’ll find the sticks won’t be parallel to each other because the match heads at the top are slightly thicker. If you keep on going, and eventually glue 42,000 of them together, you’ll end up with a giant sphere that produces a fantastic chain reaction of fire when you light a single…

Lenovo Recalls One of the Best Laptops You Can Buy Because It Might Burst Into Flames Lenovo Recalls One of the Best Laptops You Can Buy Because It Might Burst Into Flames

All things considered, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is an amazing laptop. It’s crazy light and powerful with a retro design that will warm your nostalgic little heart. But there is the possibility it could burst into flames, the company announced today. Which is, you know, a bad thing for a laptop.

Tossing Toys Into a Fire Tornado Looks Epic In Slo-Mo

Strategically place a ring of fans around a roaring fire and you can turn a relaxing way to toast marshmallows into a terrifying tornado of flames. The effect is even more fascinating in super-slow motion, and when you toss a tiny plastic ATV into the flames, it ends up looking like a stunt from a Hollywood…

I Want to Run Naked Through This Test of a Foam Fire Suppression System

To ensure the foam fire suppression system actually worked before bringing aircraft into its new helicopter maintenance training facility, safety personnel at the Fort Indiantown Gap Army Reserve base in Pennsylvania performed a full scale test of the emergency equipment. But I can’t understand why no one is running…

Fire and Explosives Make Falling Dominoes Far More Interesting

We’ve been told our entire lives not to play with fire. But whoever coined that expression never stopped to think about how flames and explosions could make falling dominoes even more captivating to watch.

There's a Freakishly Large Fire Blazing Across Western Greenland There's a Freakishly Large Fire Blazing Across Western Greenland

In news that is making the recent Pacific Northwest wildfires look downright ordinary, scientists have spotted a large wildfire raging across western Greenland, a place better known for its enormous glaciers.

Dubai's Unfortunately Named Torch Tower Won't Stop Catching on Fire

Some Dubai residents woke up to a familiar sight early Friday morning: flames engulfing an enormous skyscraper. In fact, the fire that spanned 50 of the 86 stories of the massive Torch Tower was all too familiar. The same skyscraper burned in 2015, and the causes appear to be related.

Guy Upgrades Toy Firetruck To Start Blazes Instead of Putting Them Out

If you’re going to call something a firetruck, should its sole purpose really be to extinguish flames? That’s like a food truck driving around and disposing of people’s lunches. It just doesn’t make any sense, which is why YouTube’s PeterSripol upgraded a toy firetruck with a functional flamethrower so that at least…

This Is How to Start a Fire With a Bag Full of Water This Is How to Start a Fire With a Bag Full of Water

There are few cartoon tropes as ubiquitous as killing ants with a magnifying glass. But if you don’t have a glass, you can always just use the next best thing: a Ziploc bag and some water.

Massive Texas Tire Fire Required EPA Rescue

Odessa, Texas has been featured in pop culture landmarks like No Country For Old Men as the quintessential middle of nowhere town. It’s so isolated that when an estimated 100,000 tires caught fire on Sunday, the closest fire hydrant was about four miles away. That means that a lot of toxic smoke filled the air and…

Inside the Midwest Wildfires That Burned Cattle Alive Inside the Midwest Wildfires That Burned Cattle Alive

Not all the animals that burned in the fire had died, so the cowboys returned with shotguns in hand, and bandanas over their faces to ward off the stench. The animals had to be put down as quickly and humanely as possible under the circumstances. Everything in sight was covered with fine ash.

Humans Cause Most of America's Wildfires Humans Cause Most of America's Wildfires

We are torching our own country annually. While climate change has exacerbated fire season, researchers haven’t really studied how many of those fires are our own damn faults until recently.

Madman Manages to Build 20-Foot Tall Fire Tornado Without Burning Down His Entire Country

Colin Furze, the internet’s favorite inventor who always puts awesome first and safety second, has created what certainly looks like the largest man-made fire tornado ever built. Combining two of nature’s most destructive forces seems like a good idea, right?

Worst Wildfires in Chile's History Have Left Devastation in Their Wake Worst Wildfires in Chile's History Have Left Devastation in Their Wake

Over the weekend, the Chilean government ended a state of emergency enacted last month in response to the worst wildfire season in the nation’s history. The fires, which now appear to be dying down, have torched more than 900,000 acres—roughly four times the area of New York City—since January 15th.

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