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Why Does CO Explode When Mixed With Air

When carbon monoxide is ignited in a mixture with air, it can result in an explosion.

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This is due to CO and O2 mixing in a specific ratio within the explosive limits—near the stoichiometric proportions required for CO2 formation. Such a mix can trigger a rapid and intense reaction, causing the generated gases to expand swiftly and result in an explosive event.

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