Water Bottles Left in the Truck or Car Can Start a Fire, Reports Say.
When it comes to stories that we find on the web, we should take some with a grain of salt. Without doing our own research, it’s a pretty good idea to make sure that we don’t just openly accept stories. One of the stories that really seems to potentially be just another person looking to get attention was that of a water bottle catching a car on fire.
The story originally broke a couple of years ago and has recently resurfaced on the web. Essentially, the concept is that the water will act as a sort of magnifying glass, amplifying the intensity of light. If the light is concentrated on one spot for long enough, it might create enough heat to start a fire.
Now, it’s not hard to see why this three would be met with a great deal of skepticism. After all, the details make it seem like a sort of tall tale that just gets passed down without any fact-checking. On the other hand, it seems like a concept that could logically work. In reality, it has been determined that this sequence could definitely happen. For those leaving clear water bottles with a clear liquid in their car, it could theoretically start a fire.
Warnings have been passed around that say that people should try to avoid doing this when possible. However, the reports also lead us to believe that it’s a very rare instance to occur. Factors would have to line up in exactly the right circumstances in order for it to be able to cause any damage. Just because it’s far-fetched doesn’t mean that we have to ignore it. Better safe than sorry, right?
By following along with the video below, we can learn a little bit more about how this phenomenon comes to life. After watching this one, we think that some might just take a second look at that full water bottle in their car on a sunny day.