Dairy cows raise the roof in Germany

Monday, 03 February, 2014

A lot of hot air caused an explosive situation in the German town of Rasdorf, resulting in an injured cow and damaged property.

On a dairy farm in the town, methane emitted from the cows’ belching and flatulence built up to such a level that a static electric charge caused an explosion, the BBC reported. Local police told Reuters that the explosion caused “flashes of flames” in the shed, damaging the roof and injuring one of the cows.

Cows emit up to 500 litres of methane per day. The cow shed in question housed 90 dairy cows in total.

Emergency services took gas readings following the blast to ensure there was no further risk of explosion.

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