The science behind sawmill explosions

CBC Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald weighs in on what may have caused a B.C. sawmill to burst into flames Monday.

How sawmill fires happen

10 years ago
Duration 2:21
CBC Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald explains the science behind sawmill fires and explosions

Little particles burn faster and more easily than bigger ones, and one will ignite the other in a rapid chain reaction, explains CBC's Bob McDonald. The Quirks & Quarks host details the science of a sawmill explosions and what may have caused a B.C. sawmill to burst into flames Monday.