Volume 36, Issue 3 (May 1991)

    The Explosive Reaction Between Swimming Pool Chlorine and Brake Fluid

    (Received 25 April 1990; accepted 22 August 1990)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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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.


    Author Information:

    Kobus, HJ
    Senior scientist and chief scientist, State Forensic Science, Adelaide,

    Kirkbride, KP
    Senior scientist and chief scientist, State Forensic Science, Adelaide,


    Stock #: JFS13101J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13101J

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    Title The Explosive Reaction Between Swimming Pool Chlorine and Brake Fluid
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