Methane from 90 flatulent cows causes explosion at German dairy farm

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Dairy cow

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The methane gas produced by 90 belching and farting cows has reportedly caused an explosion in a shed at a dairy farm in Germany.

High levels of the flammable gas had built up inside the building in the town of Rasdorf when “a static electric charge” caused an explosion, as reported by Reuters.

The explosion caused damage to the roof and although no people were injured, the blast left one cow needing treatment for burns.

Cows are some of the biggest methane polluters on the planet, with some experts claiming that a single dairy cow can produce up to 500 litres of methane per day, comparable to the pollution caused by a car over the same period.

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