Flammable: Farting cows

All you need is a source of fuel and ignition…

BBC News – German cows cause methane blast in Rasdorf.

Methane gas released by dairy cows has caused an explosion in a cow shed in Germany, police said.

Thanks to the belches and flatulence of the 90 dairy cows in the shed, high levels of the gas had built up.

Then “a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames” the force said in a statement quoted by Reuters news agency.

Cows give off methane.

The roof was damaged and at least one of the cows were injured from the blast. Perhaps not so odd when they can emit up to 500 litres of methane a day.

We covered another story about odd explosions back in November about exploding tea towels.

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  4 comments for “Flammable: Farting cows

  1. January 28, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    I think it has been agreed that, in addition to burning fossil fuels, the increase in animal husbandry by humans is also a factor in climate change. I’m not sure how significant it is.

    • Frederick
      January 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Yes it does, and methane have a stronger green house effect than CO2. That why reduction in meat consumption and production is also a way to reduce you foot print on climate change. With that said, there’s so much over production in everything food, ( of course some overproduction is good to compensate for losses) that just reducing that might help a lot.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    January 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Shades of Gump and Co., the sequel to Forrest Gump:

    Longtime Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia said he has “seen some shit in his lifetime,” but nothing to compare with the humiliating experience he underwent in the small mining village of Coalville yesterday.

    Byrd, a staunch supporter of businesses small and large in his native state, was standing on a speakers’ platform with a dozen other luminaries, including representatives of the U.S. Army and the federal EPA, when a terrible methane gas explosion tore through the town, covering everything and everyone in sight with an unsightly patina of swine manure.

    The explosion apparently was set off when a certified idiot, later identified as Forrest Gump, of no fixed address, failed to properly attend a cutoff valve in a plant that received federal funds to convert pig manure into energy.

    – Gump and Co., p. 38.

    • Chris Howard
      January 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Shades of Gump just made the best band names list!

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