Who knew microfilm could be so dangerous?

A part of the LDS Church’s Church History Library was evacuated today because of some “unstable” microfilm. No, really.


An entire floor and part of another floor at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Church History Library were evacuated Wednesday afternoon for the removal of an old can of microfilm.

According to Captain Michael Harp of the Salt Lake City fire department, the chemicals used in manufacturing older types of microfilm become unstable with age and have the potential of exploding. Harp’s hazardous materials team was dispatched to the library after receiving reports that a 70 millimeter can of microfilm appeared to be unstable.

I guess that was the microfilm that had the membership records of Adolf Hitler on it. I know HE was surely unstable, and that’s been a black stain on the Church that’s been threatening to blow for years.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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2 Responses to Who knew microfilm could be so dangerous?

  1. Carla says:

    LOL – incidentally explosive film was central to the plot to kill Hitler in Inglorious Basterds. Nice one.


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