Why The Hell Does This Soil Set Fire When It’s Poked?


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockFeb 13 2016, 10:35 UTC
1300 Why The Hell Does This Soil Set Fire When It’s Poked?
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A strange video has emerged that shows soil appearing to smoulder, smoke and flick up embers when it is poked with a stick.

The footage was filmed in Maasim, Sarangani, on the southern tip of the Philippines and later posted to Facebook.


To figure out what was going on, officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) investigated the site, the Philippine’s GMA News Online reports.

In a report released on Thursday, February 11, they revealed that the plot of land once had a charcoal factory on it 10 years ago. They concluded that there was a bed of charcoal buried beneath the land, which they say became ignited from an unspecified source of "intense heat."

They added that the only way to stop the hellish goings-on was to dig out the charcoal from the soil.



Umaapoy na lupa pagtinataponan nang kahit anung bagay. Ipikto nang malakas na init ba Ito??Maasim sar. province.

Posted by Jover Lim Pelones on Monday, 8 February 2016


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