A British inventor claims to have solved the long mystery over what caused the infamous Hindenburg disaster - static electricity.
The Hindenburg was an 804-foot Germany airship filled with highly flammable hydrogen gas. For a year after launching in 1936, the novel airship traveled more than 250,000 miles and ferried more than 1,000 people between Germany and the United States.
But on May 6, 1937, as the ship was landing in Lakehurst, N.J., tragedy struck when the ship burst into flames. Thirty-five out of the 100 passengers on board died. Since that fateful day, many theories have been put forth to explain the disaster, including sabotage, burning rocket fuel and St Elmo's fire.
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Now British TV host and inventor Jem Stansfield says he has found the definitive cause. To settle on his theory, Stansfield created three hydrogen airship models and then blew them up as part of a Channel 4 documentary. He and historian Dan Grossman also analyzed reports from Germany and the United States.