Culprit in Fires at Golf Courses? Titanium Clubs

Clubs spark when they hit rocks
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Mar 20, 2014 12:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Before you break out your titanium golf clubs for the warmer weather, you might want to grab a fire extinguisher as well. A new study finds that titanium golf clubs spark if they strike rocks while swinging in the rough—and those sparks remain hot for a long time, meaning that a typical golf swing, under the right conditions and with a titanium club, can produce brush fires. Researchers believe at least two California brush fires started this way: one in Mission Vejo and one that burned 25 acres at Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine.

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