What were we worried about in 1979? The exploding children urban legend | PennLive.com
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In 1979, the rumor that a child had exploded when he drank soda and ate Pop Rocks candy went wild.
The rumor became bad enough that the FDA set up a hot line for parents to call. General Foods bought full-page ads in newspapers, wrote letters to school principals and sent the inventor, Bill Mitchell, on the road to explain that Pop Rocks would not cause children to explode.
Pop Rocks had been released in 1975 then pulled from the market briefly in the 1980s.