My microwave tried to kill me
February 23, 2008 10:31 AM Subscribe
Why did my microwave "explode"?
posted by TorontoSandy to Science & Nature (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Due to an unfortunate incident with microwave popcorn, I filled a small corning ware bowl with half water and half vinegar and set it to microwave for 3 minutes. After the cycle was done, I wiped the inside of the microwave clean, then tested the temperature of the vinegar / water mix with my finger. It was quite warm, but not hot. Perhaps 5 minutes had elapsed from the first microwave cycle. I set it for another 3 minutes then fortunately walked away. Two minutes later, I heard a big bang. The microwave door had been blown open and the bowl was in pieces across the kitchen. The filter at the bottom of the microwave had also been blown off (over-stove type of microwave with air filter in bottom). So, what happened. A build-up of steam? Flawed corning ware?