I am writing a novel and the climax involves killing my protagonist in an explosion. My science knowledge is poor but I believe my scenario is entirely plausible except possibly a couple of details.
My character is in a small, poorly ventilated room. It has an equipment or instrumentation cart with some 1970s era machinery. Within it is a jar of ammonium sulfide from which the gas is pumped via leaky tubes. The leak has gotten worse and the room is very smelly. He bends over to unplug the equipment, which is not grounded. The smell is worse near the floor. Pulling the plug out of the outlet causes a spark and the gas ignites.
I hope this is perfectly logical so far. Now here are a couple specific questions.
What would that fire look like? I currently have a line of fire in the air back to the source by the jar. It then explodes. I then have gases like hydrogen sulfide produced and there is a larger, secondary explosion which kills the injured character.
Would it be better to say that all of the gas burns in a flash. Not much damage is actually done, but the jar of ammonium sulfide is heated, begins to produce hydrogen sulfide and other pyrophoric gases and then there is a spectacular secondary explosion?
I am not necessarily going to explain the science to the reader, which gives me some wiggle room. But I do want these events to be plausible.