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If you collected all the airborne pollen above the USA in peak season, heaped it up and set fire to it, the energy released would be similar to the yield of a small nuclear bomb.

Data and images taken from https://what-if.xkcd.com/97/'Burning Pollen,' by Randall Munroeid

 

the above taken from a Dave Black link -  i never knew that pollen was so flammable.

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I haven’t tried that either

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3 minutes ago, Chris Valentine said:

just like flour when thrown in the air above a flame 

 

Cornflour works better. Impresses the kids in class.

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7 hours ago, Bees said:

I haven’t tried that either

get your fire-breathing on. Better to blow powder off your hand rather than the taste of kero in your mouth. Be careful though, I've played the kero approach more often than powder so my risk understanding is likely biased.

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Heard stories that those big grain augers can cause pretty large explosions from the static electricity firing up the dust if not adequately earthed.

Must try the cornflour trick for the grandies one day.

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The same as dust explosions, It's relative to particle size and oxygen volume.

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