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"Flaming Pumpkin of Death" Entertains on Halloween Night

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If you were driving on 36th Street in Quincy tonight, you might have seen a large ball of fire, but there was no need for concern.

It was just a science project, entitled "Flaming Pumpkin of Death".

It was conducted by Darwin Smith, who says he's been tinkering around with this for several years.

So how does it work?

Smith blows cornstarch through an alcohol lamp flame...and then...look out.

"And the cornstarch blows out like grain in a grain elevator - so it's the same thing that happens when a grain elevator explodes, you've got a very small dust in the air - put a flame to it and you've got a Flaming Pumpkin of Death," he said.

The "Flaming Pumpkin of Death" was on display as part of Quincy Presbyterian Church's Halloween celebration.

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