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Chinese Farmers Watch As Watermelons Explode

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with a tale of exploding watermelons. In China, hundreds of watermelons have been spontaneously combusting. According to China Central Television, many farmers in one eastern province are newcomers to the lucrative melon market. Apparently they've been playing catch up by applying lots of a chemical that accelerates growth. Add heavy rainfall and, voila, watermelons that grow until they burst.

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