Here's why you shouldn't roast marshmallows over lava

31 May 2018 - 10:16 By AFP
Image: 123rf/ Nataliia Logvinova

Someone actually asked the US Geological Survey if it is OK to roast marshmallows over volcanic lava.

And the USGS actually took the time to answer.

The query came on Twitter and with a caveat — “assuming you had a long enough stick.” “Erm... we’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe. (Please don’t try!),” the USGS said.

Aside from the fact that the vent may be emitting a lot of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide, which would make your marshmallow taste downright nasty, if you add sulphuric acid to sugar it can produce quite a spectacular reaction.

The comment was among a flood of public service announcements Wednesday about the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, which has been in eruption since May 3 on the Big Island.

So far it has destroyed 71 homes and forced the evacuation of around 2,000 people.