Asked in History of Science
How did the Hindenbury explode?
November 01, 2007 6:09PM
It was full of hydrogen, and hydrogen is one of the most flammable substances known to man, and once it caught fire, boom boom, death. Some recent evidence supports the theory that the outer fabric coat of the dirigible was made of a material that was more volatile than originally realized. Apparently, small sparks generated by the docking process ignited this coat, and this soon compromised the hull and ignited the hydrogen. If the outer coat had been made differently, the accident might never have happened.