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Will oxygen ignite?


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Answered 2009-04-07 20:38:45

No. Without getting into a complicated chemistry lesson, there are fuels and oxidizers. A fuel cannot burn without an oxidizer, so it helps in the burning process, but alone neither oxygen nor a fuel can burn.


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