Could This Chemical Reaction Have Been Dangerous to Breathe In?

In summary, the conversation discusses a dangerous chemical mixture that was created and the potential harm it can cause. It is advised to not mix chemicals without proper knowledge and to read the forum's guidelines on dangerous chemical activities.
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StanG_80
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Hello,

I mixed these today:

H3PO4
NaOH
Tetrahydrofuran CH₂)₄O
Cyklohexanon C6H10O
2-Butanon C4H8O

It started to generate smoke. Just wondering if this gas might have been dangerous to breath in? theories? experiences?

Thanks
Stan
 
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Yes it is dangerous.
The heat generated by mixing H3PO4 and NaOH will evaporate the hydrocarbons, which I expect will quickly cover the surface of your lungs and drown you.

Don't mix things unless you know what you are doing.
We do not welcome members who do silly things.

Read the "Illegal/Dangerous chemical activities" topic at the top of the page.
https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/illegal-dangerous-chemical-activities.178906/
 
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Topic locked, not much that can be added.
 
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