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Chemical Reaction Caused Fatal Firework Explosion

laboratoryequipment:

Authorities in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., say a chemical reaction between fireworks and mixing compounds being transported in a car caused an explosion that fatally injured a California man.

Lake Havasu City Fire Marshal Chip Shilosky says the explosion occurred as 59-year-old Randy Feldman of Menlo Park and another man were driving on State Route 95 in Lake Havasu City on Feb. 12.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/chemical-reaction-caused-fatal-firework-explosion

I am intrigued.  What are these “mixing compounds” of which they speak? And why was a man driving around with them and fireworks in a  car?

Ah, yes!  It is that time of the season where we get to carve pumpkins.  Which, when it comes down to it, really means testing your child’s patience while you dig and dig and dig all the nasty contents out of the center of the pumpkin and they give up on the hope that they will ever actually get to take a knife to the thing.  Yay!  Here is a way to make it more fun.