Disclaimer: don’t try this at home. Which is exactly what one sailor did.
After news reports that the blue-and-gray Navy Working Uniform will burn rapidly and melt in a fire, one person decided to see for himself. On his dining room table.
“I wanted to see if the NWU would really catch fire,” the sailor explained in the caption of his YouTube video, which was posted on Dec. 27. “I held the match in place for about three seconds.”
He set the lower edge of his NWUs alight and filmed the results, a do-it-yourself test that paralleled the findings of the official test, namely that this uniform will “burn robustly until completely consumed,” as the Oct. 15 Navy test reported.
Within 12 seconds, the flame grew to approximately 8-inches and continued to rise as the lower edge crept higher. After 20 seconds the flame stood roughly a foot tall and the lower edge of the garment began smoking. The flame started to spread laterally, threatening to engulf more of the garment. The tester then extinguished the fire, revealing chars that ran the length of the flame. Test complete.
His NWUs were toast.