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BrigidMary23
07-18-2010, 11:19 PM
If a bag of fertilizer were struck by lightning, would it explode? Does anyone know?

Random, I know. :-) It's for YA.

Drachen Jager
07-19-2010, 01:53 AM
If it were the right kind of fertilizer perhaps. But lightning wouldn't strike it unless it had a metal spike in the middle or something. That is to say it wouldn't strike the fertilizer because it's non conductive. I suppose if it was really wet maybe, but to have any decent probability at all it would have to be on a rooftop or something. Electricity will always take the path of least resistance, it follows the paths it follows for a reason, it's not random.

I'd stay away from it as a plot device unless there's a good reason why the lightning would strike there (like magic), otherwise it would just seem too improbable.

BrigidMary23
07-19-2010, 02:57 AM
It's paranormal YA, so there's definitely a magic element to it. And if it did explode, how big would it be?

waylander
07-19-2010, 10:50 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_nitrate_disasters