Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:32PM
In New Zealand in the 1930s, farmers reportedly had trouble with exploding trousers as a result of attempts to wipe out the weed ragwort. Farmers had been spraying sodium chlorate, a government recommended weedkiller, onto the ragwort, and some of the spray had ended up on their clothes.
Sounds like a case for Wallace and Gromit.
Sodium chlorate is being withdrawn from sale within the EC from the end of this month. I am not sure whether this is a an anti-terrorist or environmental measure.