90 flatulent cows caused 'barn explosion' at Germany dairy farm!

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Berlin, Jan 29: In a bizarre incident, a herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

According to an AP report, Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns.

Cows can produce up to 500 litres of methane a day.

"In the barn for 90 dairy cows, methane built up for unknown reasons and was probably ignited by a static discharge, exploding in a darting flame," local police in the central town of Rasdorf in Hesse state told AFP.

"Parts of the roof cover were slightly damaged and a cow suffered minor burns," said police, adding that a fire crew rushed to the scene of Monday's accident and a gas field crew later measured methane levels.

A BBC report said that cows can produce up to 500 litres of methane a day, an amount which makes large bursts more believable.

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(With agencies' inputs)

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