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Claim: Three people died of suffocation after sealing their home with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: When the Department of Homeland Security recommended in February 2003 that U.S. citizens create a
When we first heard those titters about dying in a sealed room, we shrugged them off. Was it at all reasonable to assume an enclosure could be rendered airtight by the application of plastic sheeting and liberal amounts of duct tape?
In mid-March 2003 the Associated Press reported on the demise by suffocation of three Israeli Arabs (a woman and her two teenage sons) in the town of Kfar Kassem, all of whom had spent the night in a room of the family home which had been sealed with plastic sheeting and duct tape against a possible Iraqi chemical missile attack.
Police said the three lost their lives because a coal-fueled heater in an adjacent room sucked oxygen from the room they were sleeping in, which was designed to stop air from entering but allowed air to escape. Around
Barbara "case closed . . . and sealed" Mikkelson
Last updated: 8 March 2008
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