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Hot news: Keep bear spray where the sun don't shine

Remains of a bear spray canister and the holster it was in before it exploded while exposed to the hot summer sun in the back of a parked Subaru. (Hal Herring)
Remains of a bear spray canister and the holster it was in before it exploded while exposed to the hot summer sun in the back of a parked Subaru. (Hal Herring)

CAMPING -- "Bear spray left in car. Becomes bomb. Very impressive."

That's a post  with the photo above from Hal Herring in Montana, who performed an unintentional science experiment by leaving a canister of bear spray in the back of his Subaru open to direct exposure to the hot summer sun.

Manufacturers say aerosol cans can burst above temps of 120-130 degrees.  But the main thing is that the canisters should always be covered -- in a duffle, in an uncooled cooler, wraped in a towel under the seat of a car, but NEVER left to the full intensity of the summer sun in an enclosed vehicle.

"Check out the super shred on that bear spray holster...reckon there was a little force there?" Herring notes.




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Rich Landers
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