I jsut started watching Breaking Bad. How excellent.
My question has to do with a scene in episode 4, the end of the episode. Our hero takes a gas station windshield cleaning thingie (can’t think of the term for the sponge/squeegee combo…is there one?), opens the hood of a fancy sports car belonging to a guy he finds irritating, slaps it down on the battery…I think he makes the metal part of it connect to the two posts. He closes the hood, walks away, and a few seconds later the guys car blows up into flame.
Why? It can’t be simply water on the battery, that’s too scary and volatile, you could never risk water getting under the hood. So I guess it was the metal bar being wet and touching both posts? What exactly happens that would cause a a flaming explosion?