(WIDK By Jane Rouen) - Pig waste has been exploding around the Midwest, and scientists aren’t sure why.
30 to 40 mysterious fires and explosions have occurred on pig farms around the Midwest, one of them powerful enough to destroy an entire barn, killing 1,500 pigs.
According to MSN News, in the holes where farmers store pig waste a layer of bubbles can build up, releasing high levels of methane gas — which requires noting more than a tiny spark to ignite.
Scientists are not sure why the problem seems localized to the Midwest, but they believe it is probably because other areas of the country deal with.pig manure in different ways.
There are numerous institutions involved in investigating why the explosive, toxic foam is building up in the first place.