Methane is a flammable gas and will burn in oxygen or even explode if the proportions are right. However, it needs an activation energy to get it going. A spark or a flame will do. Once it has that activation energy it will produce water and CO<sub>2</sub>. I've been involved in large scale tests (32 foot diameter balloons) while in the military using methane and oxygen. That is a lot of methane, believe me. The balloons did not spontaneously explode. We installed a detonator on the inside to do that when we wanted it to go off.