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Interesting obervation about jet fuel exploding...

I was just watching a discovery show that was testing to see weather a spark could cause an explosion in an aircraft fuel tank, and given the right circumstances, it can and will. Here is the interesting part: when it blew up, all that happened was the top got blown off. Everything else was essentially intact. Interesting, eh?

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Exploding Kerosene

Yes, kerosene can explode with the right circumstance. The reason a pool of fuel in a tank wouldn't cause a huge explosion is because it just doesn't burn well without a lot of surface area exposed to oxygen. During a catastrophic crash, a lot of fuel gets mixed with oxygen very rapidly and will all start to burn at once. Thus a huge fireball can happen.