Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Rocks catch fire in woman's pocket
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone tells City News Service the woman's children collected the rocks Saturday and she tucked them into her pocket.
Stone says at some point the rocks caught fire, burning the woman's right thigh and knee.
Her husband also suffered second-degree burns to his hand trying to put out the flames.
Authorities didn't provide any details about what would have caused the rocks to ignite. Stone says it should take health authorities a week to complete their investigation. - THP
NOTE: the rocks were likely coated with white phosphorus (same chemical found in tracer rounds) which can occur naturally as well as introduced into the environment when industries make it or use it. The friction of the rocks moving around in her pocket probably caused the ignition...Lon"