Don’t try this at home!
Authorities in Mississippi have staged a dangerous demonstration showing a frozen turkey bursting into flames after being placed into a fryer.
The Gulfport Fire Department filmed the daring demo on Tuesday before uploading it to Facebook in a bid to raise awareness of the cooking hazard ahead of Thanksgiving.
“We put in a frozen turkey, and it immediately thaws out. The water [from the turkey] makes the oil [in the fryer] flare up,” fire chief Billy Kelley explained in the clip.
Indeed, the video shows the frozen bird bursting into flames just seconds after being placed into the fryer.
A volunteer clad in protective clothing was seen struggling to extinguish a giant fireball that erupted amid the explosion.
Fire chief Kelley says it’s important to completely thaw out a turkey before frying it up on Thanksgiving because oil and water don’t mix.
The Scientific American reports that an interaction between oil and water “at different densities” can cause such explosions to occur.
According to the FDNY, “fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage each year.”
Kelley further cautioned against frying up a turkey in an enclosed area, as flare-ups are still possible.
However, many American families may be cooking (and eating) less turkey this Thanksgiving, as costs of holiday meals soar 14% due to inflation.
Consumers can expect to pay an extra $1.50 per pound this year for turkey, with a 16-pound bird costing $23.99, on average, up 24% from last year, according to the annual Market Basket survey.
Meanwhile, Americans are also eager to keep explosions from occurring at the dinner table itself by avoiding discussions about politics.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday found that 66% of adults are “hoping to avoid” such conversations when visiting family for Thanksgiving this year.
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