Watch: There’s a Lake in India So Polluted It Literally Catches Fire

Just when you thought the pollution problems in Britain were bad...

We often hear about how much outdoor pollution there is in some of the main cities in the United Kingdom. In fact, a study earlier this year revealed that nearly 9,500 people die early every year in London due to the monumental levels of air pollution.

The thing is though, it’s hard to get people to sit up and take note, even with damning statistics like that, of something that they can rarely actually see or are confronted with. In India though, that’s certainly not the case. Their pollution problems are so severe that they literally have lakes catching fire because of it.


The video above comes from Bellandur Lake in Bangalore, which is overcome with foam due to the fact that it’s rich in ammonia and phosphate and low in oxygen. It may not look too bad – though it ain’t the prettiest of things either – but you’re skin wouldn’t thank you for taking a bath in there.

Due to the oil, grease and chemicals in the toxic water, the lake occasionally catches fire in small doses. According to experts, a lit cigarette being tossed into the water would be enough to send it all up in flames. We can only imagine what the reaction would be if you stuck a red hot nickel ball or red hot cannonball in there.

It’s worth noting at this point that this is a lake that leads onto a canal which regularly floods the streets it runs through when there’s a heavy rain fall. It doesn’t get much more dangerous than that. Hopefully videos like the one above will help raise awareness of the problem though and begin the process needed to cue change.

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