PSA: No, It Is Not Safe to Roast Marshmallows Over Hawaii’s Volcanic Vents

Steven Agar |
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My first reaction would be ‘RUN’ but it turns out some people just want to roast marshmallows and sing campfire songs… Credit: ABC

A US government agency has been forced to warn against roasting marshmallows over volcanic vents surrounding Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea.

A curious Twitter user asked the US Geological Survey whether the sweet treat would become poisonous if toasted over smoke rising from the volcano.

“We’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe” replied the US Geological Survey to the tweet.

Jay Furr, from Vermont, asked: “Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents? Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is?“Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous?”

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That would need to be some long-ass stick. Credit: Cottage Life

The US Geological Survey added that the resulting reaction would be “pretty spectacular” as they warned residents not to attempt it, adding that the noxious vapors and chemicals would lead to the resulting melted gooey treat tasting pretty bad.

“If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular reaction.”

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