Tom Scott

The town that was burned for science

Thanks to Betty from Articulations! Go see her video on the ISO Standard Exit Sign here: – and pull down this description for links to all her sources.

The St Lawrence Burns were a series of deliberate fires in the soon-to-be-demolished village of Aultsville, Ontario, which was due to be flooded to make way for the St Lawrence Seaway. The results changed the way buildings are constructed around the world, and saved lives.


Setting Fires for Science (1958):

Background for the Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection Requirements of the National Building Code of Canada (1985):

The St. Lawrence burns (June 1960):

St Lawrence Burns – Radiant Temperature of Openings by D. G. Stephenson (December 1959)

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)

I’m at
on Twitter at
on Facebook at
and on Snapchat and Instagram as tomscottgo

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

What Makes Fruit Mealy?
The Joys of Updating & Upgrading – Computerphile
Egg Experiment to Demonstrate Inertia
10 Man-Made Wonders of the Ancient World
There are two kinds of identity politics. One is good. The other, very bad. | Jonathan Haidt

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *