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Old 12 February 2016, 01:45 AM
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I was watching an old show the other day and one person claimed that if you used dry ice in a bowl of punch and someone smallowed a piece of it, it could be deadly. I am wondering is this so unlikely as to be just a UL, or if not, what circumstances it would require. It seems to me that a chunk small enough to swallow, even if chugging a glass of punch, the dry ice would be in a bath of warm stomach fluids, and sublimate moderately fast, causing a fair amount of burping but would not sublimate so fast that it would rupture your stomach. Am I missing something on this?
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There was a case in the UK recently where a women either died or was severely injured by dry ice in a drink.

ETA: Warning over liquid nitrogen drinks after girl loses stomach

ETA2: Sorry it was liquid nitrogen.
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Old 12 February 2016, 02:20 AM
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Yeah, it's not the gas that would be the problem, but the temperature of dry ice is cold enough that it can cause tissue damage extremely quickly. Attempting to swallow it would almost certainly result in severe damage to the throat.
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