In New Zealand in the 1930s, farmers reportedly had trouble with exploding trousers as a result of attempts to control ragwort, an agricultural weed.
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... In their May 2006 "Exploding Pants" episode the popular U.S ... show MythBusters investigated the idea that trousers could explode based on the events of New Zealand in the 1930s ... Although not naming "the herbicide" as sodium chlorate, they confirmed that trousers would indeed vigorously combust due to flame, radiant heat and impact, though their friction ...
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