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Could Iron be responsible for Spontaneous Human Combustion? Iron is a Free Radical, meaning it has unpaired electrons and wants to steal some electrons. Phosphate, if it's electrons are stolen by these free radicals, becomes dangerous elementary phosphorous.
neooork neooork 16-17, M 4 Answers Apr 30, 2012

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Are you the Phosphorus guys second profile?

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would it need a dry environment to achieve enought heat source to gain combustion?..is heat generated at all by these electron migrations? oO

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No. Phosphorous burns readily in water.

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And yes, free radicals are what actually cause fire, albeit a lot. But it would only take a few Iron ions with 3 unpaired electrons, to take electrons from the phosphate ion to make the Phosphate ion become elementary Phosphorous (lose it's charge AND oxygen atoms).

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i'm skeptical. and way outa my memory and league, but phosphorus in the human body is used in muscles and movemment and recovery innit? so you suggest when i'm burning phos-whater it is at this stage to repel lactic acid or whatever the case. a iron with 2 unpaired electrons could rom that bit of phose i'm using at that exact time?... and blow my arm off my shoulder.. oO possible i guess , but i'll run with improbable :)

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