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June 9, 1978

Pop Bottle Explosions: Further Information

JAMA. 1978;239(23):2447-2448. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280500043010

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To the Editor.—  Considerable national attention was focused on our article "Pop Bottle Explosions" (238:1048, 1977). Information sent on 14 additional cases allows us to expand our series to 17 and provides opportunity to expand on the problem.Interestingly, 13 explosions occurred in southern or southwestern states. Thirteen of the 16 instances for which information was given happened in the warmer months of May through September. Ambient temperature may, therefore, be of importance in some situations. (Seven previous cases occurred in a tropical climate.) Nevertheless, three cases transpired at Christmas time, and one bottle was refrigerated.All but three bottles were 480 ml or larger. All were soft drinks (no beer). Bottles were dropped in three instances; also, one was knocked over, one was struck against an object, one "rattled," and two exploded while stationary. The remainder were merely grasped, held, or carried. The force of the explosions is evidenced

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