In a meme making its way ’round the internet, a recipe for “glowsticks” aimed at Bernie Sanders’s supporters is proven to be a very dangerous hoax.
As it turns out, this recipe does not make a glowstick at all. This meme was distributed by someone who could have caused injury or death to the person who attempted to follow the instructions. Distributing the meme could even be considered an act of terrorism.
The recipe makes a chlorine bomb that could seriously injure or even kill the person making the bomb, as it explodes very quickly. AOL warned users that:
If you follow the given directions, you won’t get a shiny new toy to show how much you feel the Bern’ — you’ll actually end up making a potentially lethal chlorine bomb. The instructions require you to mix chlorine with isopropyl alcohol and shake them up inside a closed bottle, which is likely to cause a pressurized explosion. Also, if you breathe in enough of the gas created from the reaction it could cause a dangerous respiratory attack.
The origins of the meme are as yet unknown, but warnings and speculations are spreading across social media.
— FL for Bernie 2016 (@holly_rochford) May 10, 2016
— Tiburón News (@TiburonNewsNow) May 10, 2016
The CDC has even more dire warnings of the potential dangers of a chlorine bomb:
Homemade chemical bombs (HCBs), also known as acid bombs, bottle bombs, and MacGyver bombs, are explosive devices that can be made easily from volatile household chemicals (e.g., toilet bowl, drain, and driveway cleaners) purchased at a local hardware or grocery store. When these and other ingredients are combined and shaken in a capped container, the internal gas pressure generated from the chemical reaction causes the container to expand and explode. The subsequent explosion can cause injuries or death to persons in the immediate vicinity of the detonation.
To see what a chlorine bomb really does, see the video below:
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