Help! Why Are My Potatoes Exploding?

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Q: I have had three potatoes explode in my oven recently. What am I doing wrong?! I have never had this happen before, and yes, I puncture the potatoes. Help!

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Editor: Wow! I've only ever heard of this happening when people forget to poke holes in the potato. I wonder if it's the particular kind of potato you're using? Even if you're using the same brand, maybe it's something in the most recent batch. That's a total wild guess, though!

Readers, do any of you have an idea what might be going on?

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