Why America Burns

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Why America Burns

  • 1982 ----- color ----- 58 min ----- 16mm
  • (Nova series) More people die in fires in the United States than in any other industrialized country. Uncovers the cause of this startling statistic and shows how science could help cut the rate by 50% within one year. Cameras document in terrifying color how fast flames will spread when certain places catch fire, why modern high-rise buildings become "towering infernos" and how fire caused by cigarettes claims more than 2,000 lives annually. NOVA challenges the complacency of the fire prevention establishment and offers strategies for improving fire safety.
  • Topics: (Architecture, Cities and Towns, Public Health and Safety)