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Sheriff: Spontaneous human combustion may have killed man

"This is a case that I've never seen before"

5 News Online

SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. — Sheriff Ron Lockhart said his office is investigating whether a Sequoyah County, Okla., man died after spontaneously bursting into flames. The sheriff said 65-year-old Danny Vanzandt’s death might be a rare case of spontaneous human combustion.

"This is a case that I’ve never seen before," Lockhart said. Emergency crews responded to Bawkin Road in Sequoyah County about 10:50 a.m. Monday (Feb. 18) after a neighbor told police she saw smoke coming from next door, Lockhart said. Vanzandt's brother, Aaron, tells 5NEWS he and his stepson found the body around 11 a.m. and called 911.

"The body was burned and it was incinerated," Lockhart said. Fire crews on the scene discovered a badly burned man dead in the kitchen, Lockhart said. 

Full story: Spontaneous Human Combustion May Have Killed Man

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Matt Anderson Matt Anderson Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:51:09 PM Another reason not to smoke! Lighting a lighter may cause you to spontaneously combust!
John Krahn John Krahn Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:12:11 PM I used to study cases like this. In almost every case, it is a smoker who is also an alcoholic. The theory isnt that they spontaneously combust without an outside source of ignition as much as it is the person passes out after consuming large quantities of alcohol and drops the cigarette. It is also theorized that the body acts as a wick, where the fat is burned. Interested stuff though.
Kurtis Cook Kurtis Cook Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:21:41 PM People have exploded their colon by placing a lighter next to the anus and fart.
Elizabeth Ann Wilson Elizabeth Ann Wilson Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:32:15 PM Lol
James MacPherson James MacPherson Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:57:29 AM Weird!
John McGriff John McGriff Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:03:15 PM Our bodies are mostly comprised of throwing the flag on this one.
Victor Megaro Victor Megaro Monday, February 25, 2013 5:06:08 AM Spontaneous Human Combustion does not happen. Period. I recommend the "Sheriff" do just a little reading before spouting off.

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