25 Facts About Spontaneous Combustion You’re Burning To Know

Have you ever heard of spontaneous combustion? If you have, it was probably in a movie or on a TV show. If you haven’t, it’s okay. We’re here to fill you in. As with most things though, spontaneous combustion isn’t what it seems to be at first glance. These are 25 Facts About Spontaneous Combustion You’re Burning To Know.


Spontaneous combustion typically refers to the combustion of a human body without an apparent external source of ignition. This is why it's also called spontaneous human combustion.

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In all reported cases, the burnt individual had either been living or had recently been deceased.

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There is no explanation for spontaneous human combustion as of yet, but forensic experts have focused on particular behavior of the victims, habits like alcohol consumption, and proximity to potential sources of ignition.

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The term "spontaneous combustion" first arose in the 1700's when some thinker proposed that a person could burn to death from a fire that started within their own body.

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In the past 300 years, there have been roughly 200 cases reported.

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