Through my nitrous studies over the years I learned that rubber is a hell of a fuel. Many rocket designs use nitrous and crumbled rubber as the propellant.
What does this have to do with racing? It's connected.
My son works with tires everyday and he got to talking about the ether trick to seat a tire which I have also done in the past. This and the knowledge of rocket fuel got me to thinking/reviewing fire, heat and rubber. Turns out that with heat and/or pressure rubber can take off on it's own and multiply that heat/pressure to the point of explosion.
After some internet study I went to Youtube and found all kinds of stupid redneck tricks with fire and tires. Some pretty scary stupid stuff going on there.
I also found the following video from Bridgestone that speaks volumes about fooling with heat around tires. Makes one wonder about the TF tire explosions and their real base cause.
Be safe. Just sayin.