The Spontaneous Human Combustion Mystery In South Carolina Still Baffles People Today

Spontaneous human combustion is one of those creepy mysteries that continue to baffle scientists. Spontaneous human combustion is the occurrence of death from fire – but without any external source of ignition. Throughout history, several cases of spontaneous human combustion (SHC) have occurred – and one of them was right here in the Palmetto State.

Over time and with no real conclusion, scientists have theorized there may be a couple things that could cause SHC. Both theories involve coming into contact with some kind of disposable flame (a dropped cigarette) which then ignites the person’s clothing. Then one theory involves a high alcohol content in the victim’s system, causing the SHC. Another theory believes that the victim’s subcutaneous fat causes the SHC.

Either way, we hope to never find out! Have you ever heard of such a thing?