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US Geological Survey PSA: Please, Dont Roast Marshmallows Over Lava

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Lava from the Kilauea volcano shoots out of a fissure, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S., May 26, 2018.  REUTERS/Marco Garcia Lava from the Kilauea volcano shoots out of a fissure, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S., May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Garcia Photo of Tim Pearce

3:43 PM 05/29/2018

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A Twitter user identified as Jay Furr asked the United States Geological Service (USGS) on Tuesday if eating marshmallows roasted by the heat of volcanic vents could be dangerous.

Erm…were going to have to say no, thats not safe. (Please dont try!) If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular reaction.

— USGS Volcanoes (@USGSVolcanoes) May 29, 2018

“Erm…were going to have to say no, thats not safe. (Please dont try!),” the USGS responded. “If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular reaction.”

Furr, a resident of Vermont, persisted, asking USGS experts whether the outcome would be the same if he cooked hotdogs instead.

Hmm.

Okay, what about roasting hot dogs?

— Jay Furr (@jayfurr) May 29, 2018

The USGS had not responded to Furrs second query by press time.

In anticipation that someone curious about the “pretty spectacular reaction” between sulfuric acid and sugar decides to start chuking bits of sugary gelatin into the mouth of a volcano, The Daily Caller News Foundation has attached a video showing the chemical reaction.

Hawaiis Mount Kilauea has been spewing ash, gas and lava since May 3. Volcanic fissures have opened across Big Island, through which lava has flowed covering highways, burying cars and destroying structures. (RELATED: Earthquakes Rattle Hawaii As Lava And Toxic Gas Force Mandatory Evacuations)

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