Cow flatulence sparks explosion at German barn

Agence France-Presse
Flatulence from 90 cows likely ignited a static discharge that sparked an explosion

METHANE EXPLOSION.  A man grooms a highland cow prior to a show contest at the Gruene Woche International Agriculture Fair in Berlin January 17, 2014. John Macdougall/AFP

BERLIN, Germany – Flatulence from 90 cows in a German barn sparked a methane gas explosion that damaged the building and left one cow slightly injured with burns, police said Tuesday. (READ: Livestock is major contributor to global warming – UN)

“In the barn for 90 dairy cows, methane built up for unknown reasons and was probably ignited by a static discharge, exploding in a darting flame,” said local police in the central town of Rasdorf in Hesse state.

“Parts of the roof cover were slightly damaged and a cow suffered minor burns,” said police, adding that a fire crew rushed to the scene of Monday’s accident and a gas field crew later measured methane levels. – Rappler.com

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