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Don’t roast marshmallows over volcanic lava — USGS

/ 01:47 PM May 30, 2018

Someone actually asked the US Geological Survey if it is OK to roast marshmallows over volcanic lava.

And the USGS actually took the time to answer.

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The query came on Twitter and with a caveat — “assuming you had a long enough stick.”

“Erm… we’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe. (Please don’t try!),” the USGS said.

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Volcanic vents, the fissures in the ground from which lava flows onto the earth’s surface, also release large amounts of gases.

The fumes — some of which smell like rotten eggs — would spoil the sweet candy’s flavor, the USGS cautioned.

The comment was among a flood of public service announcements Wednesday about the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which has been in eruption since May 3 on the Big Island.

So far it has destroyed 71 homes and forced the evacuation of around 2,000 people.

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