Fire damp


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a damp consisting chiefly of light carbureted hydrogen; - so called from its tendence to explode when mixed with atmospheric air and brought into contact with flame.
See under Damp.
- Milton.

See also: Damp, Fire

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Fire damp, or methane was so explosive that a miner lighting his way with a flame could be shot out of mine mouth like a cannon ball.