Horse Manure Spontaneously Combusts

August 1, 2016

The hot summer of 2016 continues and not only is it hot in Florida, much of the country is in the midst of a heatwave.  It’s so hot, that in upstate New York, horse poop is catching fire!  The state Department of Environmental Conservation said an officer responded to the town of Throop on July 5 to investigate complaints about a foul odor and smell coming from a large pile of burning horse manure. The officer arrived at a horse farm, where the owners had been storing the horse poop in large piles.  To the owner's own admission, the horse leavings had spontaneously combusted before, but previously the smells and smoke had been carried away from nearby residences by the wind. However with the extremely dry summer, the flames fanned close to dry vegetation. It took three fire departments more than two hours to extinguish the burning manure.

Source: UPI

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