Flatulent Cows Detonate Dairy Farm

High concentration of methane gas

A Swiss Braunvieh cow at rest. (Wikimedia Commons)
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A group of 90 highly flatulent cows brought down the house at a German dairy farm Monday when the concentrated methane gas emanating from their bodies exploded, damaging the roof of the farm's shed and injuring one cow.

According to police, high levels of methane gas had built up in the structure before a static electric charge caused the gas to detonate. The injured cow was treated for burns but is expected to make a full recovery.

It remains unclear how so much gas built up in the shed, but according to some experts, some cows can produce up to 500 liters of methane each day through farts and belches.

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