You’ll Never Believe What a Water Bottle Can Do if Left Alone in Hot Car

July 19, 2019 - 5:45 pm
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(KEZK) - Who knew a full or partially-full waterbottle could be so deadly!? As most of the U.S. deals with the hottest week of the year thus far, firefighters are reminding people to stay hydrated, but be cautious.

Don't leave your full or half-full water bottles in the car, because they could start fires.

"If you do leave a bottle of water in your vehicle, and the sun catches it just right, it could act like a magnifying glass," says Charlottesville firefighter Frank Scopelliti. The magnifying effect of the water could "heat a specific spot and start a smoldering fire that could eventually become a real fire."

Acknowledging that the idea might sound a little far-fetched, the Midwest City Fire Department in Oklahoma conducted an experiment, holding a water bottle in front of a piece of paper on a sunny day. Sure enough, the concentrated sunlight quickly burned a hole right through the paper.

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