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Explosive Reaction Between Swimming Pool Chlorine and Brake Fluid
Journal of Forensic SciencesVolume: 36Issue: 3Dated: (May 1991)Pages: 902-907
K P Kirkbride; H J Kobus
Granular swimming pool chlorine (calcium hypochlorite) and brake fluid (polyethylene glycol) react violently when mixed together, producing a fierce fireball.
This paper proposes a mechanism which explains the production of the flammable products of the reaction by means of a radical fragmentation of polyethylene glycol. 2 tables, 4 figures, and 3 references (Author abstract)