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Your Christmas Tree Can Burn Down a Room in Under 60 Seconds

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This is a video that I can't even describe with the usual oh-woah-wow-look-at-this sort of excitement, because it just plain scares me. It shows how a Christmas tree can burn down an entire room in less than a minute.

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While I know that this video was filmed under controlled conditions, a room set up by researchers with safety measures to keep the fire from spreading, I still can't watch it without glancing over at my own Christmas tree and shivering. [Wired]

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I use to be a firefighter in the forest during the summer months and the only time I saw trees go up like that was when there was drought like conditions (low humidity and high winds), pine trees were brownish from the lack of water and a major burn through/firewall was happening - not just from a single small flame.

Even after 5 seconds, I have never seen a "green" tree go up that fast.