Re: NANFA-L-- Calcium chloride
Thu, 24 Mar 2005 09:32:03 EST

In a message dated 3/24/05 9:08:51 AM, writes:

<< Calcium chloride or Calcium carbide ... one of those was
nasty stuff!). Anyone know?

I know. Calcium chloride (anhydrous) will react moderately vigorously -- it
gets hot, with water. Hydrated calcium chloride is used as a deicer. On the
other hand, Calcium carbide reacts violently with water producing acetylene which
is extremely flammable. It is the source of propulsion for those old (I am
dating myself) carbide cannons we used for 4th of July when I was a kid.

Lee Harper
Media, PA
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