US government: Don’t toast marshmallows over volcanic vents

Hawaii vents

(WPRI) — The U.S. Geological Survey has made it clear – don’t toast marshmallows over volcanic vents.

The agency has been answering questions via social media ever since Kilauea erupted earlier this month. There has been an increase in volcanic activity on the main island of Hawaii ever since, damaging several homes.

One inquiry came from Jay Furr of Richmond, Vermont. He asked the USGS whether it would be safe to toast marshmallows over volcanic vents.

“Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is?” Furr questioned. “Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous?”

The USGS responded to Furr, saying that it is not safe to toast marshmallows over volcanic vents. They also urged the public not to attempt to do so.

According to the agency’s response, the vent emits gases that would make the marshmallow taste bad. They also said toasting marshmallows over vents emitting sulfur would create a “pretty spectacular reaction.”

So the answer? No, do not roast marshmallows over a volcanic vent.

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