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Gassy cows blamed for barn blast at German dairy

Published On: Jan 28 2014 09:50:38 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 10:40:59 AM CST
cow in grass field

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Call it a barn burner. Ninety flatulent cows are being blamed for an explosion at a dairy farm in Germany that damaged the roof of a farm shed on Monday.

Methane in the cows' flatulence and belches caused gas levels to build up in the shed, then static electricity caused a gas explosion "with flashes of flame," Rasdorf police said, according to a report from Reuters.

One cow was slightly burned and no people were injured, according to The Associated Press.

Cows are known as gassy animals -- they can emit up to 500 liters of methane a day, according to the Independent.

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