Thanks Malcolm, I hadn't heard about that incident, but it's a story that I will retell. (It might even earn me a few free pints along the way ! )
For proof of the flammability of celluloid, go here.
(Not for accordion fans of a nervous disposition )
I see that it made headlines in the Daily Mirror, The Sun, the Daily Star and the Daily Mail :
I nearly mentioned the fact that celluloid is reckoned to be unstable and capable of spontaneous combustion (and that its chief constituent is cellulose nitrate = "gun cotton", an explosive), but I didn't want to alarm Helen.
Thank goodness my accordions are wood-finished.
(Edited to add newspaper articles.)
Edited by Stephen Chambers, 27 July 2005 - 03:48 AM.