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Tempered glass shelf shattered with nothin in the

What would cause a tempered glass refrigerator shelf to shatter when the fridge is turned off and there is nothing in the fridge? I am trying to research this as I was cleaning my ( un- damaged -I believe) shelf over the sink when it exploded into thousands of pieces, some of which even flew into another room (maybe 35'), under appliances, up onto a shelf below my ceiling.  I had been washing the (room temperature) shelf with warm soapy water and was holding it in my hands when it just exploded.

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This is caused by stress in the glass which was not properly relieved in the manufacturing process -- in other word, it's a defective piece of tempered glass. The expansion & contraction produced when you cleaned it (subjecting it to changing temperatures) caused the glass to explode.

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