Did you know that steel is flammable? It’s true. If you light steel wool with a match, it will burst into flames. Be careful, it gets very hot. When steel rusts, that is just a slow form of burning. Burning and rusting are both cases of the iron in steel combining with oxygen from the air.
The National Research Council has found out that so far, at least 21 ships carrying scrap metal from machine shops have burst into flames in American ports.
In 1944, the Fort Stikine, carrying scrap metal, caught fire and destroyed Bombay Harbor.
The aftermath of the burning of Bombay Harbor