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Near the end of Wonder Woman, Steve flies the plane into the air to save everybody from the poison gas. However, Chief puts bombs in the warehouse where the gas was stored and the warehouse blows up. Was that not harmful to people in a 50 mile range like it would be if it was in the plane? How is it different?

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Steve asks Chief

"Is it flammable, Chief?"

and Chief answers in the affirmative.

"Yeah, she said it's hydrogen. It's flammable"

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So they BURN it when they blow up the warehouse.

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  • of course, that leaves open the obvious follow-up question: why not just burn the plane, too... – KutuluMike Oct 7 '17 at 21:14
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    As I recall, they were going to but the bomb was on a timer that could not be stopped and the plane took off early when Ares & Diana fought.. – Paulie_D Oct 7 '17 at 21:15
  • if you assume all the scenes happened in "real time", they actually blew up the warehouse before Steve took off in the plane, so seems like they had time. Maybe there just wasn't a whole lot of gas left in the warehouse when it blew compared to the massive amount loaded on the plane. – KutuluMike Oct 7 '17 at 21:21
  • Did they have any good reason to think that the fire would consume all the poison before the explosion could fling it out? – MissMonicaE Oct 19 '17 at 17:27
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I believe that the whole output of the poison manufacture was on the plane, while the warehouse only contained the raw materials and the machinery to build more. So the factory could be safely blown up without danger, while the plane full of poison needed to be destroyed at a great distance.

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