Warning To Drivers! Man Shares Video That Shows That Leaving Water Bottle In Hot Car Can Cause Fire


July 25, 2018 13:37 By Fabiosa

Vehicle fires are not a rare thing. In the years 2003-2007, there were more than 280,000 of them, leading to thousands of injuries, hundreds of deaths, and billions in direct property damage.

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The causes can be different, including poor maintenance, impact, leaking fuel, and electrical system failure. But is there any likelihood that a harmless thing like a water bottle left in a hot car can start a fire?

It seems so

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Last summer, a man was having lunch in his truck when he noticed an unusual smoke. As it turned out, the sun light got refracted through a water bottle near him, and it was starting to catch the seat on fire.

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He didn’t believe it first, so he tested it again, filming the experiment on camera. As a result, the man now has two spots burned on his seat.

How is this possible?

Clear plastic bottles can act as a lens, magnifying the sun’s rays and focusing light into an intense beam that can burn and melt things like car-seat upholstery. However, scientists working in GCI's Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative think it’s unlikely that the water bottle can cause the vehicle catch fire.

Usually, car materials are made self-extinguishing and fire-retardant. For a water bottle to cause fire, the liquid should be clear and the bottle should be placed at the right point to catch the light and refract it on the flammable surface, but the chances of that happening are slim.

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Still, it’s better to remove bottles from the vehicle or keep them in a shaded area.

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