The explosive reaction between swimming pool chlorine and brake fluid

K. P. Kirkbride, H. J. Kobus

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-907
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume36
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • calcium hypochlorite
  • explosives
  • forensic science
  • incendiary preparations
  • polyethylene glycol

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