Beach Rocks that Burned California Woman Had Elevated Phosphate Level

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An update to this story, a California woman who brought home a handful of greenish rocks her children found on the beach had a very painful surprise when the rocks caught fire in her pocket. She suffered second and third degree burns due to the flaming stones. Her husband suffered similar injuries while attempting to help her.

Lab reports indicate that the rocks contained “elevated” phosphate levels, most likely contamination from a man-made source. San Clemente Island, just miles off the coast where the woman’s children found the rocks, is owned by the military. They’ve denied any responsibility for the pollution and injuries, and for now the investigation continues.

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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  • Alex

    Probably from discarded phosphorus granates. The same thing has been happening for decades on the shores of the Irish Sea where the Brits dumped their excess munitions after both world wars.

    • Smokintokinjokinbrit

      sorry about that, if its any consolation, we can smell the shit from German farms on some days,s’all give n take  

    • Smokintokinjokinbrit

      sorry about that, if its any consolation, we can smell the shit from German farms on some days,s’all give n take  

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