A glass doorknob acted as a magnifying glass, focusing sunlight into a burning beam that torched some clothing and set fire to a bedroom in a south London home.
"The focal length from the window was just the right distance and it became the same principle as when you try to set fire to paper with a magnifying glass when you are a child," The London Fire Brigade's Charlie Pugsley told The Telegraph.
Apparently, a crystal ball and a mirror are to blame for similar fires in London this year.
Note that he holds his nose before splashing into the water.
https://youtu.be/qrsoTLEEeYI The Weather Channel posted this incredible video of a “firenado” that erupted from a pond coated in 800,000 gallons of bourbon after lightning struck a Jim Beam warehouse in Bardstown, Kentucky in 2003. (Weather.com) More about the fire in this 2003 AP article.
Pyro-Trombonist Valentin Guérin performs Arthur Pryor’s Fantastic Polka, accompanied on piano by Valérie Guérin-Descouturelle. Wonder how they lit the candelabra?
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