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Why did my microwave set some paper on fire?

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Why did my microwave set some paper on fire?

Howard-2 | Jun 30, 2002 01:17 PM

In my area garbage is collected only once a week, so sometimes it begins to stink after a few days. I sometimes deal with this problem by drying some kinds of garbage in the summer, or freezing it till pickup day.

I bought some chicken the other day, and of course the absorbent paper/plastic tissue in the container was quite moist. I squeezed out the moisture and put it in the microwave. After a while it was very dry--almost entirely dry, but not completely. So I put it back, and after about 30 seconds it burst into flame!

Can anyone tell me why this happened?

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