December 5, 1977

Pop Bottle Explosions

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Shawnee Mission, Kan

JAMA. 1977;238(23):2495. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280240041012

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To the Editor.—  Bergeson et al (238: 1048-1049, 1977) have done well in drawing our attention to the dangers of pop bottle explosions. My wife has twice been a victim. The first incident occurred in a small store. There were several tall bottles of carbonated drinks standing on the concrete floor, and when she brushed against one of them, it tipped over and exploded. She suffered a 2- to 3-cm laceration just above one ankle.One day this summer a large bottle of one of the soft drinks was brought into our home. Noticing that it felt hot, my wife thought it should be cooled before being opened. She placed it in a deep pan and began to run water from the cold faucet into the pan, not directly onto the bottle. Almost immediately the bottle exploded, scattering tiny glass splinters throughout the entire kitchen. At the same instant she