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What would you do with 20,000 pounds of sodium metal?

Back in 1947, before pesky environmental regulations, the U.S. War Assets Administration rolled barrel after barrel of the stuff into alkaline Lake Lenore in eastern Washington state. Check out the pyrotechnics in this newsreel:

From markdcatlin via Grrlscientist

1 Comment

  • Feb 17th 201216:02
    by Michelle

    Really? Beyond regulations and caring about the environment…how does dumping material that reacts so vigoriously with water into a lake make it to the top of the list and become the best way to dispose of sodium metal? I love explosions as much as the next chemist, but really?

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