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Ping Pong Inferno is No Joke – Why so Flammable?

Who knew ping pong balls would erupt in such a powerful inferno?

Thanks to YouTube video blogger Kate Richter we can see just how flammable ping pong balls are. Warning: Please do not try this at home.

If you take a lighter to a ping pong ball, it will burst into flame, burning like a tiny flamethrower. Do you know why ping pong balls burn? Here’s the answer.

Some people think ping pong balls must be filled with some flammable gas, but they only contain regular air. The secret to the spectacular way they burn is in the composition of the actual ball. Ping pong balls burn because they are composed of celluloid, which is like gun cotton or nitrocellulose.

Warning: Please do not try this at home.

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