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Can you set the air on fire?

  1. Oct 18, 2012 #1
    Can you set "the air" on fire?

    I remember watching the walking dead, the last episode of series 1 and the scientist said that he could set the air on fire?

    Does oxygen go on fire at a certain level? Or was that all just made up for the show?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Oct 18, 2012 #2
    Re: Can you set "the air" on fire?

    If you get it hot enough, the nitrogen will oxidize.

    But when people make a statement like this they are really talking about something like a fuel/air bomb, where you fill the air with a flamable vapor and light it off.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2012 #3
    Re: Can you set "the air" on fire?

    Ah ok thanks :)
     
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