Can lighting your farts on fire be deadly?

Nick Paschal
Supervising Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

On MythBusters, the crew took a stab at a myth that’s been haunting campfires for years. Can a fart inside a sleeping bag with an open flame actually explode and kill you? The methane gas inside farts is what makes them flammable, but just how much gas would one need for a deadly blast to occur? Apparently, more than a human can produce.

The guys extracted their own gas into airtight containers, created the perfect camping environment with test dummies, and then attempted to blow it up, but the myth was busted. It turns out, they would need an extreme amount of gas for it to actually go down.

The myth that was actually deemed possible was that an earthquake could cause a hot water tank to gain enough pressure that it blasts through a house’s walls and an RV. Scary thought if you live in Los Angeles with a Winnebago parked outside.

MythBusters airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery. 

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